Leak Detection 101

Leaks can happen anywhere in the house and can range from easily detected ones to those that are quite hard to detect. Usually, plumbing leak detection inside the house can be easy as there are indicative signs that can be seen. However, finding leakages in the pipelines buried beneath the ground can be tricky as these leaks can be elusive and hard to spot. When leaks remain undetected, they sure can be costly. So to prevent having this problem, it is imperative for the home or business owner to be able to recognize anything amiss.

Is there leakage?

1. In the House Plumbing

• Dripping faucets.
• Dampness or water stains inside cabinets near sink.
• Loose plastic laminate near sink.
• Curling vinyl floor or loose tiles in the bathroom near the tub.
• Peeling or flaky, chalky white paint near the shower.
• Presence of water stains in the ceiling, walls or on the joints below.
• Hissing or gurgling sound can be heard from the toilet tank even when not in use.

• Water seeping around the toilet.

2. In the Pipelines

• Presence of water in the meter box that is not due to rain.
• Wetness around the ground where the supply line rises above the ground or enters the house.
• Puddles near the water heater

3. In the Pool

• Pool seems to need constant refilling. Refilling of the pool only requires about an average of 1-2x a week. If you notice more than 2 inches of water loss in a week, then a leakage is indicated.
• Air bubbles can be seen in the water near or in the return lines.
• Presence of uncommonly wet areas around the pool.
• Presence of sunken or eroded areas around the pool.
• Separation or cracks can be seen at the liner, corner, sides, and bottom of the pool.

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What to do Upon Leak Detection

1. In the House Plumbing

To properly check any leaks within the house, make sure that all water is turned off inside and out of the house and check the water meter. Take two readings that are 15 minutes apart. There should be no change with your readings. When there is change, this is indicative of a leakage. When you notice faucet, shower or tub leaks, you can address this by changing or repairing the faucet. When the leakage comes from the toilet, consider replacing the flapper valve.

2. In the Pipeline

When, upon your leak detection, you notice that the problem comes from the supply line, or from your water heater system, then the best means to manage this is to contact professionals. DIY is not highly recommended for these types of leaks since the homeowner can puncture or damage the water tank, and usually supply lines are buried beneath the ground. So digging up without properly identifying where the source of the leakage comes from can be quite troublesome.

3. In the Pool

In most pool leaks, patching will usually work. But if unsure, it is best to call professional leak detection plumbing service in Gold Coast.