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3 Methods of Leak Detection

Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 11:00 am

With the possible exception of clogs, no plumbing issue is more common than leaks, which can bedevil even the most immaculately maintained plumbing system. A leak that spreads water across your kitchen floor is fairly obvious, but few of them announce themselves so readily. Indeed, many of them are so subtle as to avoid detection for month, which can cause far more damage than just the leak itself. Plumbers here in Olympia, WA can apply high technology such as infrared sensors and miniature video cameras inside the pipes themselves to pinpoint the leak. But before you can call them, you need to notice the leak itself and call for assistance. Here are 3 methods of leak detection you can utilize without the need for fancy equipment.

1)     Higher Bills

You get charged for the water that comes out of a leak regardless of whether you use it or not. If the leak is large enough, you’ll notice it in the form of higher water bills, despite the fact that you’re not using your faucets and other fixtures any more often than normal. You can also do the same thing by monitoring your meter and looking for an increase in the reading despite the fact that no one is using the water.

2)     Damp Spots

Damp spots are the surest sign of a leak, and sadly, they often mean that more damage has been done inside your walls or similar out-of-the-way spots before they make their presence known. If you spot a damp area on your wall or floor, or parts of your lawn show puddles without any accompanying rain, it’s probably time to call a plumber.

3)     Sounds

Sounds are often very quiet, and may not be audible without special equipment. If you hear the familiar drip-drip of water in an odd location, however, then shut off the water and contact a professional immediately.

For quality leak detection and repair, call Brooks Plumbing today!

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