Plumbing is a specialized trade requiring knowledge, experience, and tools to successfully plumb a structure and keep it in working order. No matter their expertise and tools, plumbers must rely on the occupants of plumbed buildings and properties to alert them of the need for attention.
The most likely source of problem with plumbing is a leak in a pipe, a joint, or a faucet-a part of plumbing that is used often or inadvertently jarred. The leak may be inside or outside a dwelling, under flooring, overhead a ceiling, inside a wall or closet, and most likely pressurized, from the water source whether a public water system or private well Alertness to signs which indicate a leak and notifying a reputable plumbing service averts more costly and time-consuming repairs.
1. Is There a Leak?
Unsure, but suspecting a problem is the first step to recovery. Start with a simple test of water flow.
Turn off all water sources at their inlet valves. These are located below the sink and at the wall or floor under the toilet. Turn off outbuilding, garden, and lawn water sources, too.
Observe your water meter for movement in the dial. Note the reading or mark the needle dial on meter. Recheck the meter in 30 minutes. If the meter registers additional flow, water is being lost on the house side of the meter.
2. Water is Leaking Somewhere
Check Visible Pipes
Any pipe or fixture exposed to foot traffic, storage changes, and daily use is subject to developing a leak. After the water points are turned back on. Use paper towels or toilet paper and test for wetness on pipes, joints, and faucets. Leaks may be found by sound, also. A stethoscope is best, but a piece of hardwood one foot in length and an inch square (3/4 inch) will channel the sound of water hissing like a stethoscope. Place one end of the stick on a pipe and listen to the other end for hissing or squirting sounds.
Other signs of a pipe leak, besides the water meter showing flow despite water sources on house side shut off, help pinpoint the location of a leaky pipe, joint, or fitting.
- – Unusually high water bills
- – Sewer backup problems due to extra water flow
- – Toilets overrunning and dripping faucets
- – Running water sounds when faucets not in use
- – Discolored walls, flooring, ceilings are indicative of water damage
- – Musty odors from floors, drains, or sewer connections
- – Damp slab or foundation, possible cracking of flooring
- – Warm areas on concrete floors or moisture under carpeting or flooring
3. No leaks found by sight or hearing, but observed in water meter flow test, call an Mister Plumber.
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