Do you worry that you have a plumbing leak but aren’t sure how to go about finding it? If you have noticed that your water bill has gone up each month or if you have seen patches of grass in your lawn that are much greener than others, then your suspicions of a leak are probably accurate. As soon as you suspect a leak, you’ll want to take the steps necessary to find the specific location and get it repaired as soon as possible.
A plumbing smoke test is one of the quickest ways to find if you have a leak in your plumbing system. Smoke is inserted under pressure into your main sewer line, and it will seep out of the crack, alerting you to the problem area. If you have issues with the lines in your front yard, the smoke will likely still be able to alert you of an issue by coming up in small cracks in the ground. One major positive about smoke tests is that they can also highlight areas in the pipes that have weaknesses that could cause future leaks, allowing you to fix issues before they become catastrophic.
2. Soap and Water
If you have a general idea of where the leak might be, this is a good test to use. It is simple to do and only takes a few minutes. Make a small amount of a soap water solution and use your fingers to wipe it onto all of the pipe connections you suspect have issues. If you see bubbling start to form, you know that connection has an issue and should be fixed.
3. Dye Test
The gaskets in your toilet can fail over time and can allow water from the tank to leak into the bowl, causing your toilet to run constantly. Open your tank and place some food coloring or a dye tablet into the tank. Wait about 30 minutes and come back to check the toilet bowl. If you see that the color is in the toilet bowl, you know that you have a leak.