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3 Tips for Detecting that Pesky Pipe Leak

3 Tips for Detecting that Pesky Pipe Leak

Leak detection is one of the best ways to stop leaks in their tracks and save your home from any plumbing troubles.

Water damage can be very bad for your house. Do not wait for a plumbing leak to creep up on you. Stop water damage from occurring in your home by being proactive. Leak detection is one of the best ways to stop leaks in their tracks and save your home from any plumbing troubles. Because we know that locating leaks before they happen is not always the most straightforward task, we have put together this list of three helpful tips. To stop a pipe leak in your home, read on for these handy tips.

Look at Your Toilets for a Possible Pipe Leak

The first thing you’ll want to do is look at your toilets. The toilets in your houses use up a large amount of water. When there is a leak within a toilet, the water usage sores much, much higher. To detect a pipe leak within your bathroom, the first step is to take off the lid from the tank. Listen for any odd hissing noises. If you hear a hissing sound, try to find the leak with your ears. If there is no noticeable hissing sound, add some red food coloring into the toilet tank. You will only need to add in a few drops. Wait and then check the color. If the color of the bowl has turned pink, then there is a leak.

Look at Your Hot Water Tank for a Potential Pipe Leak

Check out your hot water tank’s pressure relief valve. This valve might be inside your drain, making it harder to detect a leak. Remove the drain pipe to see the pipe leak. If removing the drainpipe is not an option, listen carefully for the same hissing noise you looked for with your toilets. If you hear hissing, then there is a leak. You should call a professional if you detect a pipe leak within your hot water tank.

Look at Your Meter Line for a Pipe Leak

To check the meter line, locate the shut-off valve near your home. Shut it off temporarily, and then take off the lid from the meter and watch the dial. If the lid for the meter is not visible, then try brushing around some dirt and other debris located around it. Dirt will sometimes build up and cover the meter up. Once you remove the lid, look to see if the meter is still turning. If it is turning, the leak is between the meter and your home or a leaking valve, which is quite common for the older bronze gate valves. If this is the case, then there is probably a pipe leak inside your home.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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