How to Spot a Leaky Pipe
Posted on by on 23rd May 2014 with 0 comment
Of all the average plumbing problems a homeowner might run into, a leaky pipe could be the most frustrating.
Sinks and toilets, by contrast, are typically much easier to deal with. The problems are usually simple to solve with the aid of some basic tools and a little maneuvering. Showers fall into this category as well.
However, pipes are hidden behind the wall. Even if you suspect that a problem might be occurring, it can be difficult to trace. Don’t be fooled by what you see. Visible water damage may actually be the result of a leak somewhere else on the pipe, which is running along a beam in the wall.
As a destination for new homeowners and real estate development, Culver City has seen its share of residential plumbing problems. From Culver West to Blair Hill, no resident is immune to these kinds of issues.
Additionally, even commercial properties get hit with run of the mill troubles. Westfield Culver City is a prime example of a major target for leaks, clogged drains or worse.
To address these problems, you need a reliable, local professional. For competent leak detection Culver City can count on, Joseph Davidson is ready to serve you. From quick fixes to larger scale operations, we know how to properly address your plight, and repair your problem.
However, if you notice a possible leak in your wall and want to address it yourself, here are few tips on how to handle it.
Signs of a leak
Start with the obvious. If you have a stain or bulge in your ceiling, you probably have a leak somewhere. If you see evidence of water in your wall, then you’ll may find a puddle downstairs in your basement.
For trouble in the wall, call a plumber. This will be a bigger procedure, and if you’re not properly trained, it could get messy and costly.
Next try to locate the source. Try turning the water on and off in your home. The location may be revealed, depending on if the water drips continuously, or just when the water is on. The difference will tell you if it’s from a water pipe or draining system.
Proceed with caution
It’s important to mention here that you should know your limits. If you’ve done complex handy work at home before and are confident, then proceed. Otherwise, you should definitely call a pro plumber at this point.
After turning off the home’s water supply, put a large pot or container under the leaky bulge in your ceiling. When you puncture it, the water that comes spilling out may be dirty, as it possibly could’ve absorbed dirt or collected rust.
Puncture the bulge
Using a screwdriver or other small, sharp object, puncture the bloat in the ceiling. This will allow the built-up water to drain out, and help you avoid possibly disastrous results. If left untreated, the bulge could burst, sending gallons of water crashing down into the room.
If you can identify the source of the leak, tighten or cover it. Otherwise, call a plumber.