To determine if you have a leaky faucet, try these simple steps:
- If your faucet’s spout is leaking, you will most likely hear a consistent drip-drip. However, in its earliest stages, it might not be as easy to tell. To thoroughly check if the faucet spout is leaking, dry the sink up after using the faucet. Then place a dry paper towel under the spout over the drain opening and check again later to see if it is wet.
- Leaks around the faucet base can lead to water puddling around your sink, which can damage the sink and cause mold growth. To check if this area is leaking, properly the dry it up using a towel. Then turn the water on and check to see if you see water seeping in around your sink.
- A leak under the faucet or sink can easily be left unnoticed unless you carefully check for them. Dry up the pipes and supply connections under the sink and lay out a container or paper towels underneath potential leaky areas. Check back in a few days to see if there are any stains on the paper towels or if water has collected in the container.
To determine if you have other leaky plumbing fixtures, check out these simple leak-testing methods:
- If you think your toilet is leaking, place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait half an hour and check inside the toilet bowl for any signs of food coloring. This might be caused by an old flapper—however, if this continues after you replace your flapper, you might have another reason for the leak.
- The caulking around your bathtub can be where leaks can occur as well. These leaks can cause mold and rot—to check for these leaks, you can visually inspect the area around the tub. You can also dry the area completely, turn on the showerhead and place paper towels near the caulking or grout. If these towels can significantly stain, you have a bathtub leak.
Even after finding a leak, it can be difficult to pinpoint where the water is coming from. In addition, without the right tools, equipment and knowledge, it can be difficult finding a solution. This is where the pros at Leak Finders come in—we use specialized equipment and updated technology such as infrared thermal and acoustical detection to best access the point in order to fix the leak.
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