You won’t always know when you have a leak in your plumbing. Small leaks can go on for months without you realizing it. You may only know that there’s a problem when the pressure in the pipe finally causes it to burst. Or when a piece of sheetrock falls out of your ceiling.
But if you are vigilant, you may notice the warning signs that you could have a leak, such as a rising water bill. Finding the source of that leak as soon as possible can help you avoid a plumbing catastrophe that will result in the need for repipe repair and repairs to your home.
Here are some tried and true methods that can detect a leak to help you prevent plumbing fallout:
Acoustic detection is the preferred method even for municipal water providers to determine the presence of a leak (and its source). Professional listening devices can determine direct or indirect sounds that could indicate a leak, they can be used internally or externally, and they can be mobile or fixed, depending on access.
You can’t use acoustic detection to determine the presence of a leak as a homeowner. You will need to hire an experienced plumber to use this technique. However, the plumber will get highly accurate results this way, and will be able to locate a leak quickly if there is one.
One reason that leaks are so dangerous for your plumbing is that they throw off the system’s balance. They can create pressure on different parts of the system, which can cause the pipes to fail, leading to a bigger leak or even an explosion.
Therefore, determining fluctuations in pressure is one way to determine the presence of a leak. However, this is, again, a job that must be left to the professionals. You don’t know what you’re looking for when you are measuring pressure, nor are you likely to have access to the professional-level tools needed to get an accurate reading. You need to hire an experienced leak plumber in California to test the pressure at various points on your plumbing system to determine where there might be a problem (if there is one).
One thing you may be able to do yourself to determine if you have a leak is to conduct a water audit. This involves looking at your historic water usage and comparing it to water usage in recent months. You can identify patterns in past usage – such as spikes during the hotter months when you are watering the grass and letting the kids play in the sprinkler – and you can see if those patterns align with what you have seen with recent water usage.
If you notice a big change in your water usage, it’s not necessarily a sign that you have a leak. However, it is a clear indication that you need to call a plumber to inspect your system more closely to determine if there is a problem. There are other plumbing problems that could cause your water usage to spike, and your own lifestyle changes could also be causing the fluctuation.
No leaks should be allowed to go on in your home. Even if you think you are containing the damage – such as by putting a bucket under a drip point – you are still putting your plumbing system in great jeopardy. Even minor leaks can cause major plumbing fallout. Keep a close eye on your system and call a plumber if you notice any warning signs of a leak, such as higher water usage, strange sounds in your walls, or yellowish marks on the walls or ceiling.
If you do have a leak, Integrity Repipe may be able to help. We offer repipe repair to ensure that your plumbing is healthy and functional. Our goal is to get your system working so that it will offer you consistent performance for many years to come – not just to patch the problem so that you have to keep making repair after repair. Our repiping plumbers also offer whole house repiping if you have an aging system or are experiencing widespread problems. Call us in California today to schedule an inspection and to talk through your options with a repiping plumber.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656