A Guide to Plumbing Leak Detection

Leaks can have a disastrous effect on a home, so it’s important to spot them early on and prevent water damage before it occurs. Here’s how a professional does plumbing leak detection to protect your home.

A plumber starts leak detection by placing a gauge on the hose bib. This allows them to determine the city water pressure.

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They then take a picture of the reading on the gauge to refer back to later.

Next, the plumber turns off the water meter for your house. This will typically require them to dig into your yard to reach the meter. After the meter has been turned off for about 15 minutes, they check the water pressure again to see if there are any changes from the initial reading.

If the water pressure has gone down in the past 15 minutes, this indicates that there is a leak in the plumbing.

If a leak is discovered in this process, you can form a plan of action with your plumber to fix the problem at its source. Keep in mind that time is of the essence and the longer you wait to fix a leak, the more water damage your home is likely to sustain.