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How Do You Know if You Have a Leak?

You think you have a leak? Well you’ve come to the right place. After 25 years of being in business, we know a thing or two about locating leaks. Twin Plumbers care about your Simi Valley property and hope these simple steps will help you detect your leak. Property damage and excessive water fees are items a homeowner wants to avoid.

The Twin Plumbers, who are the experts in leak detection in Simi Valley, have some helpful steps a homeowner can take before calling out a plumber or leak detection specialist. In the event you are experiencing a leak or notice that your water bill is on the rise, it can be critical to your long term property value that you take the right steps to solve your problem. At Twin Plumbers we are passionate about educating our customers in the Simi Valley area.
  • Check your water meter to see if it is spinning. Make sure all water is turned off and no one uses water while you are doing the following steps. We recommend you sit and watch the meter for approximitly 5 minutes. If you see the meter spinning, we recommend you call an Encino leak detection specialist who uses state of the art electronic devices to pinpoint where the leak is.
  • Be sure to check all your exterior hose bibbs making sure that one hasn’t been left on or is leaking. Often this is the problem. You don’t want to have to pay plumber service fees for a simple leak easily discovered on your own.
  • Check for toilet leaks. Place a dye tablet, food coloring, milk, half and half, or Milk of Magnesia into a toilet tank full of water. Wait for a few minutes to see if the colored water seeps down into the bowl area. If it does you have a leak and your toilet may need some repairs.
  • Turn on all of the faucets, one by one. While the water is running move the faucet handle back and forth. Look for water leakage around the valve stem and faucet spout.
  • While checking your faucets, be sure to look at the drain piping under the sink as the running water flows through the drain pipes.
  • If you have lever operated water-stopping devices (plugs) in sinks and tubs work them open and closed while the water is running. Look for leaks in these movable parts where they connect to the drain system.
  • Be sure to run the dishwasher and garbage disposal and check for visible leaks during usage. Look under the sink/cabinets to make sure nothing is dripping while these appliances are in use.
  • Look at walls where pipes stick out. Look for discoloration, moisture and sponginess.
  • Hopefully, your water heater is equipped with a safety relief valve (known as a temperature/pressure valve). Be sure to check the exit end of the valve or valve piping for leaks or drips. If the valve is equipped with a hand operated check lever, flush the valve for a few seconds, ONLY IF IT IS PIPED TO A SAFE AREA. If not it will run water onto floors or walls. The valve should not leak. If it does you’ll need to replace it.

We hope this has helped you detect your leak. If you need any further assistance, call The Twin Plumbers today!