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Tools of the Trade: How do Plumbers Detect Water Leaks?

No two leaks are the same. While some are obvious, others can go undetected for extended periods of time and even increase your water bill.

So, when you call in your Las Vegas plumbers, they are going to come armed with technical knowledge and a couple handy tools of the trade. Here’s what you can expect.

What to Do If You Suspect a Leak

If you don’t see any visible signs of water damage but notice an increased water bill, or see your water meter spinning, you could have a slab leak or other inconspicuous leak. An easy DIY way to confirm the presence of a leak is to shut off the water inside your house, notate the position of your water meter dial, and wait an hour or two (or overnight). If the needle on your water meter dial has moved significantly after a few hours, then you have a leak and should call a plumber to help determine the source.

How Can a Plumber Find the Source of a Water Leak?

When you call a plumber to find the source of a hidden leak, they will begin by doing a walk through of your home to check for any signs or clues of a possible leak. This may include checking fixtures, under sinks, irrigation, and pool systems to rule out these sources. Your plumber will likely check the water meter as well to get an idea of how much water is being used.

The Best Water Leak Detection Tool

After ruling out surface and fixture leaks, your plumber will need to look for underground leaks or leaks hidden in the walls. The most effective tool to detect these types of water leaks is professional sound detection equipment. Using headphones and a microphone, a highly skilled technician will be able to listen for the sound of running water underground as it travels through the pipes. Additionally, they may also use pipe locator clamps on the visible portions of a pipe to transmit a radar signal over the pipes. This process is known as “charging the pipes.” Once the location of the leak is identified, an experienced plumber will explain the best method(s) to repair it and prevent any water damage to your home.

Seal Up Your Home

No matter what kind of trouble you’re facing, the highly trained experts at Pure Plumbing can help you diagnose, fix, and prevent water leaks in your home.

At Pure Plumbing, our mission is to protect the homes of our fellow Las Vegas residents through phenomenal plumbing service. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for each and every customer. We look forward to doing the same for you! Give us a call today at (702) 710-7388.