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Important Terms for Leak Detection
Toilets, swimming pools, foundations, and the plumbing pipes in your home all have the potential to crack or develop tiny holes from normal wear and tear. Even a small opening in one of these structures can cause a large amount of damage to your property and requires repairs. If a regular plumber is unable to locate the source of your water leak, you'll need to hire a leak detecting service to get the job done. The following terms are among the most commonly used in the leak detection industry. Knowing them will make it easier to communicate with prospective services and get your leak fixed.
Intrusion - When water leaks into your home from rain, groundwater, or outdoor plumbing for sprinkler systems, a leak detection service should be able to determine if your problem is caused by intrusion rather than a problem with your indoor plumbing and advise you on how to fix it.
Helium Mass Spectrometer - Tool commonly used in leak detection; it creates a vacuum and then uses a gas to identify the source of the leak.
Valve - Device that controls how much water flows through a pipe; A loose valve is a common source of leaks.
Tank - Device that stores water until it is used; small cracks in the tank of a toilet or hot water heater can result in leaks.
Excavation - Process of digging a hole in the ground that may be needed to repair pool or foundation leaks.
Piezoelectric Element - Device that measures the charges in crystals, ceramics, and other materials that can be attached to an electronic meter to locate leaks.
Survey Tool - Device used by utility companies and municipalities to look for leaks; the device uses a piezoelectric element as a sensor.
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If you find water pooling in your home where it shouldn’t be, you should call a leak detection service. This service can find the broken pipe and fix it so that water does not cause excess damage to your home.
Most of these services will locate a leak by first checking the surrounding plumbing. If they find a crack, they can repair it and then test it to make sure the hole is gone. If they cannot detect the source, they may check for other issues such as drainage and sewer problems that might be causing a backup.
These companies can also detect more than just plumbing problems. If you are having trouble with your toilet, water tank or even you swimming pool, they may be able to help. If your spa isn’t getting enough water, they can check that too. They will survey the problem and fix it using vacuum valves or whatever it takes.
They can often help with gas leaks due to faulty pipes as well. Many of these gases, such as helium, aren’t noticeable in small doses but can be hazardous to your health. If you gas detector is going off, you should have someone check all your valves and repair any problems.
Fixing these pipes isn’t just good for your health. It’s good for your wallet. Water damage on the concrete slabs under your house could ruin your foundation. And leaky pipes can run your utility bill through the roof.
While having a stranger come to your home can be scary, you should be open to the idea of getting outside help. Fixing a leak yourself might just make it worse, and that can be even more expensive.