Leak Detection

Properly maintaining your plumbing system will reduce the chance of leaks within your home. However, with yearly drain inspections and cleanings, leaks can still occur. 

Fortunately, leaks within the incoming water lines or outgoing sewage drainage lines can often be spotted fairly easily if you know the signs to be aware of. However, sme of the signs of a leaking pipe are also signs of other plumbing problems, such as blocked faucets, drainage clogs, or malfunctioning sump pumps.

Determining whether a plumbing problem or something else will require a professional plumber. They will be able to inspect the plumbing system, detect any leaks, determine the location, and diagnose what repairs or replacements are required to fix the problem and any damage that the leak or leaks may have caused.

High Water Bill Investigation

A common sign that you may have a leak is an unusual spike in your water bill. However, a high water bill might also be caused by a simple clerical or computer error.

For this reason, if you receive an unusually high water bill, don’t immediately assume you have a leak. Instead, contact the utility company, explain to them the issue, and ask them if they have received similar reports. Chances are that if a computer or clerical error caused the spike, you’re not the only one affected.

If it doesn’t appear to be a mistake, then you will want to do a more thorough investigation. Start by turning the water off in your sinks, bathtubs, dishwashers, washing machines, and other plumbing appliances. Then locate your water meter and see if any of the dials are spinning. If they are, this is a sign that you have a leak.

Water Leak Detection

One of the most common places for a leak is within the incoming water lines. This is the sort of leak that can be detected by checking if the water meter has stopped running when all plumbing appliances are shut off. 

Detecting Leaks In the Incoming Water Lines

However, there are often other signs that an incoming water line is leaking. 

  • Decreased water pressure within your faucets
  • Standing water near appliances
  • Water spots on the ceilings, wall, or floor
  • Interior or exterior floods
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Repairing Water Links Within Your Home

If you notice any of these problems, you should immediately shut off the incoming water to your house. You can do this by locating the main water line. Often the main water line splits into two lines. One supplies water to the hot water heater, and the other supplies water directly throughout the house.

Once you’ve located the waterline, flip off both switches and drain the hot and cold water lines for every appliance in your home. This will remove all the water from your pipes while preventing new water from entering, thus reducing the chance of damage within your walls.

Next, contact a plumber. If leaking pipes aren’t repaired or replaced immediately, the chance of water damage throughout your house greatly increases. A plumber can help to reduce the chance of further damages by taking care of the leak before it becomes a more serious problem.

Sewer Leak Detection

In addition to leaks within incoming water lines, leaks can also be found within the sewage drainage lines. These leaks will most likely be noticed by the nose before the eyes.

The sewage drainage lines contain sewage such as human waste, food debris, dirt, hair, and other organic materials. If there is a leak in the drainage lines, the sewage within the pipe leaks out with the water. Thus, the smell of rot and decay is often the first sign of a sewer leak within your home. 

This can lead to a very dangerous situation. Fumes created by sewage can be harmful to your health. In addition to respiratory illnesses, it can also lead to neurological damage, especially within children whose brains are still developing.

If you have any inkling that a sewage drain is leaking in your home, you will need to do more than just call a plumber. You may also need to evacuate your home for a period to reduce the possibility of long-term or life-threatening health problems.

Underground Leak Detection

While both incoming water lines and outgoing sewage drainage lines can leak within the walls of your home, there is also the risk of underground leaks. These are much more difficult to locate, and their repairs will require excavation of buried pipes.  Additionally, the cost of replacing or repairing these pipes is likely to be much more expensive than repairing or replacing a pipe within the walls of your home.

Signs that your underground incoming water lines are leaking include incredibly diminished water pressure or a lack of water coming from faucets when turned on. Additionally, the signs of an underground sewage leak include foul smells rising from the basement and filling your home. Both of these types are also liable to cause floods within your basement and around the home, including the front, back, and side yards.

Leaks in underground pipes will require excavation, but fortunately plumbers won’t have to dig into your floors. Instead, they will likely perform hydro-excavation, or vacuum excavation. This process removes soil and dirt from around pipes and stores it to be returned once they’re repaired or replaced.

The best way to prevent leaks within your plumbing system and prevent spending hundreds or thousands of dollars repairing water damage, schedule yearly plumbing inspections and drain cleanings.

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