Posted on 7/2/2014

If you are a DIY-oriented homeowner who has spent no dearth of time researching ways in which you can prevent and resolve problems related to your home’s maintenance, you may already know that plumbing leaks can go undetected for months. If this has left you wondering how plumbers can detect leaks in pipes buried deep under your home, you have come to the right place. Plumbing professionals are able to identify the presence of leaks and pinpoint their existence using the following tools and techniques:

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Line Tightness Tests
Using a couple of different methods, plumbers test suction lines to determine whether the pressure in the lines is as high as it should be. If the pressure in a line is too low, a leak is almost sure to exist and the plumber employs other techniques to locate and repair the leak.

Line Leak Detectors (LLDs)
Automatic line leak detectors monitor the pressure of a line, triggering a flow shutoff and signaling an alarm if a leak is detected. An LLD is one of the most effective ways in which plumbers can detect leaks early on.

Interstitial Monitoring
Interstitial monitoring requires the presence of a secondary containment feature such as double-walled piping or a leak-proof pipe liner. By testing for the presence of water or vapor in the secondary containment area, a plumber can detect leaks.

As soon as you suspect that there is a plumbing leak on your property, you should contact your plumber for a professional assessment. Since minor leaks are especially difficult to detect but still waste water, cost homeowners, and compromise plumbing systems, you should also have your property thoroughly inspected by a plumber at least once a year. To schedule a plumbing inspection or repairs with a full-service plumbing professional in Libertyville, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 549-9600.