Different Methods of Leak Detection You Can Carry Out Around the Home

16 December 2015
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Typically, leaks tend to be slow, and this makes them harder to detect by homeowners who are not in search of them in the first place. However, ignoring or simply not being aware of these seemingly slow leaks can prove to be quite hazardous. For one, leaks can cause wastage of gallons of water over an extended period of time. This will result in exorbitant utility charges. Additionally, leaving leaks undeterred could also pose a serious risk to the foundation of your home as well as its overall structural integrity. As such, it is important for homeowners to know the various methods of leak detection. This will help you carry out regular inspections on your own and enable you to know when you need to call in plumbing contractors to stop a leak before it wreaks too much havoc.

Inspecting leaking faucets

One of the biggest culprits when it comes to residential leaks are dripping faucets. Typically, a leak will form in your faucet when the rubber washer has gradually succumbed to wear and tear. This rubber washer is located right at the bottom of the faucet handle. Using the faucet with excessive force, coupled with regular usage, will cause the rubber washer to wear down after a significant amount of time. If your leak is stemming from a compromised rubber washer, you could opt to replace it on your own or have a professional plumber come and install a new one. It should be noted that if you choose to embark on this on your own, then you should ensure the main water valve has been shut off so as to avoid more wastage of water.

Inspecting a leaking toilet

Toilet leaks can prove to be even more expensive than dripping faucets, as they tend to use up much more water. It is important to make regular inspections for toilets leaks since these tend to run inaudibly, unlike faucet leaks, from which you will experience a constant dripping sound. To carry out an inspection for a toilet leak, you should mix some food colouring into the cistern. Once the water has turned that colour, leave it to stand for a period of time without flushing the toilet in question. After this time has elapsed, go check the toilet bowl for any signs of the food colouring. If you notice any food colouring in the bowl, you definitely have a toilet leak that needs to be addressed post haste. Usually such leaks occur due to a faulty flapper. The toilet flapper may become loose over time, or develop cracks that cause it to allow water to keep flowing freely from the cistern into the bowl. If this is the case, the flapper will need to be replaced. 

For more information or help with leak detection in your home, contact a local plumber.