Don’t let your hard earned money go down the drain.
Roscoe Brown’s residential leak detection services can help identify hidden leaks inside and outside your home.
Unaddressed leaks in piping or fixtures can result in extensive damage that may cost thousands of dollars to repair. Since most plumbing related leaks are concealed, it is important to hire a qualified plumber who is experienced in using the most advanced leak detection technologies.
Water leak detection is both a proactive and a preventive measure. Detecting and repairing small leaks early mitigates damage that’s already occurred. It also prevents future catastrophic damage from a small leak that suddenly turns into a big one.
Causes of Water Leaks
Water leaks are often a sign of systemic plumbing problems like corrosion in water supply lines, which typically aren’t limited to a single spot in one pipe. These are problems for a plumbing professional. Leaks may also be indicators of loose fittings or defects in fixtures such as toilets. These issues may have the potential to escalate into a major plumbing emergency in your home when you least expect it.
Even a trivial dripping can waste astounding amounts of water if you stop and consider that it runs around the clock until someone finds and fixes it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that a household water leak too small to be conspicuous to occupants can waste enough water in one year to fill a backyard swimming pool!
Unexplained increases in your water bill may not be the result of another municipal rate hike but instead an unseen leak somewhere on the premises that requires water leak detection to expose. For every day that it continues, silent structural damage may be occurring and calamitous damage to property and possessions if the leak escalates is always a potential.
Leak Detection Services
Although a plumbing professional has advanced technology and methods for water leak detection, there are DIY water leak strategies you can try on your own. One good method of leak detection is simply a rule of thumb: The EPA recommends monitoring winter water usage. In an average family of four, if winter water consumption exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there’s a good chance that your house has significant water leakage.
A more hands-on method is to utilize a leak detector that’s already installed: your water meter. While the meter can’t tell you where the leak is located, it can confirm suspicions that there’s a problem somewhere in your home. But first verify that no water is running.
- Turn off all water-consuming sources in your home, including an automatic ice maker, evaporative cooler and the like.
- Open your water meter and mark the position of the needle, indicating tenths of a cubic foot, with a felt-tip pin.
- Wait up to 30 minutes and check the meter again. If the needle has moved, there’s probably water leakage somewhere.
- Some water meters incorporate a rotating blue triangle that’s sensitive to very low water flow. If the triangle is spinning when all water sources are turned off, that’s another accurate leak indicator.
Once the existence of a leak is verified at the meter, here are some steps you can take before calling in a professional.
- Inspect the pressure relief valve on the hot water heater. If leakage down the drain pipe is evident, lift the spring-loaded operating level on the valve to open it and release some water, then allow it to snap shut and see if the valve seals properly.
- Listen for the sound of water trickling out of the toilet tank and/or the toilet fill valve actuating on its own. If leakage through the flapper valve is suspected, add some food coloring to the toilet tank and see if it shows up in the toilet bowl.
- Check all the water fittings in your house that screw together, such as under-sink water supply lines that connect to faucets and toilet fill valves, hose connections to washing machines and any other removable fittings. If seepage is noted, try hand tightening the fitting first to stop the leak. If leakage persists, call a plumber.
- Inspect the ground along a straight line from the water meter to where the main water shutoff valve in the house is located. Look for unexplained damp or muddy spots that may indicate an underground leak in the main supply line.
Providing plumbing, heating and cooling services to middle Tennessee, including McMinnville, Nashville, Tullahoma and Murfreesboro for over 75 years, Roscoe Brown has a track record of skilled expertise and dependability. Call us and schedule a professional water leak detection procedure to cut expensive waste and prevent the potential of costly damage to home and possessions.