DIY Leak Detection Tips For The Homeowner

leak detectionA leak in your plumbing system isn’t only costly in the sense that water wastage leads to high utility bills. It is also disparaging because it often results to flooding and unexpected damages on your property. If you want to avoid unreasonably high water bills and expensive property repairs, you’ll have to locate and put a stop to the leak immediately. Here are some tips that may help you trace the source of drips in your plumbing system.

1. Toilets


If you suspect that your toilet leaks, you must turn its water supply valve first. If you hear any sound of flowing water, find out where it’s coming from. In most cases, the source is between the bowl and the tank. To verify this, you can put a few drops of food color into the tank. If the water in the bowl turns into the same color, there’s a problem inside the tank. If your bathroom floor is constantly wet, the leak may be coming from the toilet base. This usually happens when the toilet flange needs to be replaced.

2. Sink Drain Pipes


If your kitchen sink cabinet is moist or always wet, there may be a leak coming from the drain pipe assembly. Wrap kitchen towels around the pipes to locate the source of the leak. The towel that gets wet indicates the area that drips. The pipe can be repaired by applying putty or using a clamp. If these methods won’t work, the pipe should be replaced. If the leak is coming from the sink basket, you may need to replace the threads or the sink basket assembly.

3.  Water Heater Leaks


Water heaters also leak. While the tank is almost always the source of dripping, you should know that the pressure relief valve or its drain pipe may also leak. However, we do not recommend working on your water heater because only a licensed repair technician or plumber should perform the repairs for you.  Once you see a leak coming from the valves or the supply pipes, turn the water heater off as well as the supply valve connected to the unit and call your trusted plumbing contractor immediately.

4. The Meter Check


Check your water meter and take note of the reading. Turn off all the plumbing fixtures and appliances in your home that consume water. Yes, even your cooler and icemaker. After 30 minutes, check the water meter again. If the reading moved, then there’s a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

5. Walls, Floors and Ceilings


Look for leak indicators on your walls, floors and ceilings where there are pipes installed. If you notice signs of moisture, wetness, discoloration or damages on these areas, you have to inspect the covered pipes and repair them ASAP.

We hope that you loved our tips on DIY leak detection. If you suspect a dripping water or drainage pipe, just call a trusted Shawnee plumber to inspect your home for leaks. Plumbers 911 Kansas provides reliable plumbing services in Shawnee KS including leak detection, drain cleaning, camera sewer inspection, backflow prevention, hydro-jetting and many more! Call us at 816-326-8643 to schedule a service!

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Posted on: April 22, 2015