Your plumbing doesn’t get enough credit. Day to day, it’s hard to notice the heavy lifting that your plumbing system delivers. Not until there’s a problem, or disruption in heavy lifting do we recognize how grateful we should be to have plumbing in our homes. Sometimes plumbing leaks are the headache of the day, but modern plumbers have plenty of options to help fix the problem. If you think you might have a leak, here’s what you can expect from leak detection services.
First step in leak detection services
The first step in leak detection services is for the plumber to turn off the water inside your home. Once all the water is turned off they will then check the water meter buried somewhere in your yard most likely. If the water meter shows water still flowing to your home, there’s a good chance you have a leak somewhere.
Checking the service line
The plumber will also turn off the main water supply to your house and again check the meter. If the meter still shows water moving into your home there could be a leak in the service line which is the pipe that runs from the water supply to your home. The first step in fixing a water leak is figuring out where it is.
Looking for signs inside
A knowledgeable plumber will also know to look for evidence of leaks inside your home. This could come in the form of discolored drywall, musty odors, and evidence of mold. If they find evidence of a water leak location in your home, they can then employ specialized tools to isolate and fix the problem.
Specialized tools for leak detection services
Plumbers often use a pressure gauge when looking for the source of water leaks inside of a home. One of the first steps is to decide if it’s in the hot or cold water service lines which they do by pressurizing the line and monitoring a pressure gauge. To determine the location of an outdoor leak, plumbers use pipe locating equipment to determine the approximate location of the leak.