How To Do Water Leak Detection Like A Plumbing Pro


Regardless of size, water leaks in a home can cause costly property damage and should be addressed immediately. Even the smallest leaks require timely intervention and in a proper manner; otherwise, they can lead to potentially greater damages, hazards, or even health problems. If you’re wondering how you can detect water leaks in your home, yet some pipes run in hard-to-reach or see places, then this post is for you.   Here’s how you can do water leak detection in your home.

Put a Gage on the Hose Bib

You first need to determine the city water pressure in PSI. You can do that by putting the gauge on the exterior faucet and then turning the hose bib on to see the full city water pressure. 

Shut the Water

Go to the water meter and shut the water off. You cut the water flow to ensure the water from the city’s main pipe no longer exerts pressure on the water held between the meter and the hose bib.

Check Gage Reading

Take a picture of the gauge immediately after shutting off the water.

Take the Second Gage Reading

Check the gauge reading after 15 minutes and compare it with the one in the picture. The second gauge reading will help you know whether there is a leakage in your system. When there is a leak, you will notice a drop in the PSI. The water pressure drops as the volume of water captured within the piping system between the meter and the exterior faucet reduces due to the leak. If there is no leak, the PSI should remain the same.

Detect Water Leaks Like a Pro

Detecting a water leak early saves you from a lot of trouble. But it’s not enough to know there’s a leak; you also need to find out the exact location of the leakage. Leak locating is more sophisticated and requires special tools and equipment. LeakPro® has slab leak detection equipment that can help you with the task. Contact us for more information and to order slab leak detection equipment today. You can also learn more about leak detection on Roger’s YouTube.
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