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The Ins and Outs of Water Leak Detection

under sink cabinets open revealing plumbing, with tool box to the sideIf you’ve ever had to deal with a plumbing leak in your home or on your property, then you might already know that they rarely develop in a visible or easily accessible area. Even “minor” leaks can cause serious water damage, and eventually waste a significant amount of water. This makes professional Fairfax, VA plumber leak detection from an experienced plumber a vital service. 

Is DIY Leak Detection Sufficient?

We do have good news. Although leaks are hard to find, there is one way you can determine, at least, if you have a leak all on your own. This involves checking your water meter.

First, you’ll want to turn off all of the water-using appliances and fixtures throughout your home. This does not include the main shut-off valve, as you’ll need this to remain on to find a leak. Be sure to let everyone in your household know what you are doing beforehand so that they know not to use faucets or toilets in the home. While it’s easy to remember to turn off faucets, don’t forget less obvious appliances and fixtures, such as your:

  • Irrigation system.
  • Water filter that can run automatic backflow cleaning.
  • Dishwasher.
  • Washing Machine.
  • Refrigerator’s icemaker.

Reading the Meter

Now is the time to check your water meter to see if there is a flow indicator. This is the small, rotating dial that moves even if there is only a small amount of water running. If all your taps are off and the wheel is moving, you have a leak.

Don’t stop there! Now you know you have a leak, but what do you do? You need to find out where the leak is located, if you’re dealing with a single leak or multiple problems at once, and how to get it fixed. That is where our pros come in. We’ll use our leak detection methods to find the exact source and get your plumbing system back up and running in no time.

So How Does Professional Leak Detection Work?

There are a few different ways in which a professional plumber might pinpoint the source of a leak in your plumbing system. The most common and generally the most effective is video pipe inspection, or even using listening equipment—there is a specialized ultrasonic leak detection component that enables plumbers to listen to the sound of a leak in your system, and to really narrow down its size and severity.

Schedule Your Plumbing Repairs ASAP

So what if, during your leak detection services, your plumber told you that you need extensive repairs? Or even a pipe replacement? Before you brush it off, consider this: the faster you schedule plumbing repairs, the less time you’ll spend dealing with it. Also, you’ll have the peace of mind that your plumbing system is well taken care of, and was checked appropriately, lowering your risk of major, and almost always costlier, plumbing emergencies later on down the road.

AllTech Services, Inc. is the company to call for your plumbing needs. Contact us today!

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