Underground Water Leak Detection Techniques
Finding a water leak doesn’t sound like it’s much of a challenge, but only if these leaks are above ground and visible. The tricky part is when leaks are hidden and are not as easily detectable as above-ground leaks that practically announce their presence with a constant and visible drip, drip.
The fact that they’re hidden doesn’t mean that they’re impossible to find, especially if homeowners know what signs to look for, what methods to use, and who to call to verify their observations. In this article, professional plumbers share their wealth of knowledge and experience with underground water leaks that will help make finding them quick and easy.
Do These Signs Look Familiar?
Any suspicions a homeowner may have about a possible underground leak should align with the following signs to make it easier to determine the next steps. Here are a few questions to ask:
- Is the sound of running water audible around the house even if all taps are shut, and nobody is using a water-consuming appliance?
- Is a high water bill another concern, especially without a corresponding increase in water-consuming activities around the house?
- Are there puddles of water forming around the house without a visible source or viable explanation?
- Is a decreased water pressure causing slow water flow out of taps, fixtures, and showerheads?
If the answer to all or most of these questions is yes, then there is a high probability that a leak is present within the plumbing system, in which case, it is important to confirm this objectively by checking the home’s water meter.
A Water Meter Can Tell
Most water meters have a leak indicator that can confirm any suspicions of a possible water leak at home. This leak indicator is usually a brightly colored arrow that spins to indicate a leak. To use this feature properly, shutting off the home’s main water valve before checking the water meter is important. If the arrow keeps spinning, even if no water is being used or supplied within the home, it only means water flows out of the system through a cracked or damaged pipe.
For homes that do not have a leak indicator, it’s still possible to confirm an invisible leak first by shutting off the water main and then getting the meter reading. If that reading has changed after 30 to 60 minutes, it’s a sign that water is leaking.
Professionals Get The Job Done
Knowing the problem makes it easier to fix, but when it comes to hidden water leaks, the fix is best done by professionals. Because the location of a hidden leak is often difficult to pinpoint and access, it’s necessary to get water leak detection services.
Once professionals get involved, they can confirm the presence of a leak, locate it, and fix it through various highly specialized techniques and using special tools to get the job done. Professional leak detection services may employ methods like acoustic leak detection, thermal imaging, trace gas detection, and the like, giving residents peace of mind that the leak has been detected accurately and can be fixed accordingly.
About Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC
With over 30 years in the plumbing industry, Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC has had a tradition of excellence in residential and commercial plumbing in and around the Treasure Coast. This veteran-owned, operated company employs highly trained technicians that can solve virtually any plumbing problem. Their work is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee that gives customers peace of mind knowing that their team won’t stop working until the issue is resolved. Call them today for all plumbing services in Stuart, FL.