Broken pipes and water leaks are one of the most troublesome issues for a homeowner. If not detected and repaired in a timely manner they can lead to destructive consequences. Unfortunately, some water leaks go unnoticed until major damage has been done.
Finding the source of the water leak
Some water leaks are easier to detect, such as water dripping from the ceiling below the upstairs bathroom. The culprit is usually the toilet. A simple test, place a couple drops of food color in the tank of the toilet, let stand 5 to 10 minutes. If the food color shows up in the bowl of the toilet, you have a leak.
What if you aren't able to find the source of the water leak
Detecting the source of the water leak isn't always apparent. Check all exposed plumbing inside and outside the home. This includes, under bathroom and kitchen sinks, the hot water heater, washing machine, refrigerator, and outside hoses. You may also want to check the outside water meter. Turn everything that uses water in the home off, then check the water meter outside, it should not be registering.
Hiring a Professional Water Leak Detection Service
If you suspect a water leak in your home and not able to locate the source, it is a good idea to contact a professional. A broken plumbing pipe is a serious issue that can end up costing thousands of dollars if not located and repaired. Hiring a professional is less expensive than breaking into walls trying to find the leak.
All pipes (no matter what they are made of) deteriorate over time. To ensure your plumbing and pipes will last as long as your home, it's important to have them properly maintained and regularly check for leaks.
Water leaks can start as just a trickle, but progress quickly, the easiest and most cost-effective way of solving the problem is to call the Leak Doctor. We offer the latest technology in thermography, ultrasound and endoscopic video to detect your water leak.