DIY Water Leak Detection Test Demo
- HI I’m Fred Marshal with Advanced Foundation Repair and I’m here today to talk to you about diy water leak detection test options.
- A leak test does not locate leaks. It just tells you whether or not you have a leak.
- Leak tests are normally performed after a foundation has been lifted to see if the lifting has caused any leaks.
- To test for leaks it is first necessary to locate the sewer clean outs.
- Normally sewer clean outs look like this.
- You have a screw on cap or a clamped on rubber cap.
- To test for leaks a sewer balloon such as this is pushed down into the sewer system then inflated with a pump.
- Next the sewer is filled to the level of the pipe with water.
- If the water level in the pipe falls after the pipe has been blocked off at the main, that means there is a leak in the sewer system.
- Sometimes it is necessary to pull a toilet and fill the sewer from inside of the house.
- Again if the water level falls there is a leak.
- To test for leaking water lines a pressure gauge such as this is screwed onto a tap.
- The house is checked to make certain there is no dripping or leaking fixtures.
- The water is turned off at the meter.
- If the pressure holds in the gauge then there is no leak in the system.
- If the pressure falls, there is a leak in the system.
- A leak test does not tell you where the leak is, only that there is a leak.
- The next step is to have any leaks located and repaired.
- Remember leaking sewer or water lines can cause serious damage to your foundation.
- So get your leaks fixed.
- If you think you have leaking sewers, call the professional plumbers at Piper Plumbing, 214 467-9091.