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Leak Detection: Frequently Asked Questions

Leak Detection: Frequently Asked Questions

Many problems contribute to water leaks including pipe degeneration, water pressure issues, and foundation issues. Here are the answers to our frequently asked questions regarding leak detection.

Leak Detection: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs of hidden leaks?

A few signs to look for when you suspect you have a hidden leak are: water pooling on the floor, areas of a yard that are discolored (or greener than the surrounding grass), sinking areas of a yard, sudden potholes, high water bills, a moving marker on water meter (when water is off).

How do plumbers perform leak detection?

There are a few strategies we use to find hidden leaks. Our common procedures incorporate sound (acoustic leak detection), pressure testing (meter and pressure gauges, and water leakage audit. 

How much does it cost to find a leak?

The rates may vary depending on whether it is business or private residence – and the timeframe. The Action Air experts always assess the problem and offer a realistic quote before making a repair. Call today for a free estimate.

What information do I need to effectively find a leak?

The more information we have, the quicker it is to locate the issue when dealing with leak detection. Before we show up we request some important information to be gathered. Here are just a few questions you need to ask yourself before effectively detecting a leak:

  • What is the plumbing system made of? Modern plumbing is made of steel, copper and/or plastic. Homes built before 1960 had plumbing made of galvanized steel or cast iron, both of which caused eventual and consistent problems.
  • What is the length of the system?
  • What are the faucets located?
  • Are the faucets and water valves accessible?
  • What sort of diagrams or utility maps are available to us?

What variables can interfere with leak detection?

Conditions that interfere with the movement of water through plumbing can create sounds like those brought about by real water leaks. Examples of interference include: water usage during leak detection, external noise such as wind, rain and other weather-related causes. Since much of hidden leak detection relies on sound, these factors can often interfere with an investigation – though expert plumbers are used to (and mindful of) most of them.

What is the relationship between leaks and other plumbing issues?

There are a myriad of issues that are both the cause of leaks and the symptom of leaks. Dated plumbing, hard water, erosion and/or shifting of foundation are all causes of leaks. Leaks themselves can also cause further plumbing issues including low water pressure, the rusting of pipes and fixtures and pipe bursts. A professional plumber has the skills and the high tech tools to assess the issue and make an experienced judgement on the cause/symptom of the problem.

Need leak detection services? Call Action Air at 317-451-4371 today!