Leaking pipe seems like a small problem and may sometimes go unnoticed or unattended. However, if a leak is ignored and not promptly taken care of, it can cause more damage to the plumbing system. Water that is always leaking will corrode your pipes. If you need a plumber Singapore, hire one that is experienced, well versed, and have the best equipment to troubleshoot plumbing system issued compared to an average plumber.
Seeking out services from a plumbing company has a number of benefits. There are certain tasks that can only be handled by them rather than yourself. Copper pipes are preferred for most homes since they last longer than other pipes and can overcome harsh conditions. However, just like any metal, they will eventually corrode and develop leaks that if not timely repaired will cause great damages to your home.
Leak detection professionals
Fixing leaking pipes should be left for a plumber to take good care of. They have special equipment that detects where the leaks are coming from as well the right skills to use the tools. Knowing the right equipment to purchase is another key factor that is commonly overlooked by a homeowner. Too often, homeowner attempt to used their purchased part that is not necessarily effective for the jobs. A skilled plumber will pinpoint the leaking pipes, access the pipe and replace it without causing extensive damage to your home/business building material. This will save your time and money and more importantly the great amount of disruption to your home or business. After the work, a leak detection services will be performed and you will worry less on future issues.
What leak detection involves
A plumber has multiple ways to detect hidden leaks. This gives them a head start before bringing in advanced tools. To narrow down the search area, they have specialized in using the outward signs and clues. After detecting, they now bring in special tools like listening discs which hear water escaping from a pipe through layers of concrete. Pressure sensors are used to locate changes in temperature around a leaking pipe. A video camera is mounted on a long drain snake to get accurate images of the inside of the pipes, show the exact location of the leak, the extent and how appropriate to repair it.
Toilet leaks can waste hundreds of gallons and often times are silent. Even a small leak can add up to a lot of wasted water and money over time. Fortunately, most toilet leaks are easy and inexpensive to repair.
To help determine if you have a leaking toilet, simply remove the tank lid and place a few drops of food coloring in back of the toilet tank. (If you don’t have food coloring, you can purchase dye tabs from any hardware or home center). Wait about 30 minutes, without flushing, and then look in the toilet bowl to see of any color has come through. If the water is clear, water is not leaking. If you see food coloring in the bowl you have a leak.
Leaking faucets are generally a result of a worn rubber washer. The washer on a sink is usually located under the handle. These are relatively easy to replace, if you have the right tools. It does require shutting off the water under the sink or at the main shutoff valve and removing the handle. (Note: faucet handles are not shutoff valves.) Check your local home center or hardware store on how to repair faucet leaks.
Flapper Valve Leaks
The most common reason for a leaking toilet is one that has an improperly working or sealing flapper. The flapper is the rubber valve in the bottom of the tank that lifts up when the toilet is flushed. If the flapper is worn or cracked, it allows water to continuously flow from the tank into the toilet bowl without flushing.
Flush Handle Problems
If the handle needs to be jiggled to keep the toilet from running, the flush level bar and chain (or the handle itself) may be sticking. Adjust the nut that secures it in the toilet tank. If that does not work, the handle may have to be replaced.
Overflow Tube Leaks
Ideally the water level should be set so that is about even with the fill line on the back of the toilet tank (approximately ½” below the overflow tube). If the water is too high in the toilet tank and is spilling into the overflow tube, the water level can be adjusted by turning the adjustment screw or by very gently bending the float arm down so that the water shuts off at a level below the overflow tube.
Note: If none of these steps solve the problem, you may need to contact a plumber to repair or replace the toilet.
Finding Other Water Leaks
The water you drink and bath with is delivered under pressure, so a leak can be very obvious. Wastewater, on the other hand, is usually moved by gravity and is not under pressure. This makes wastewater leaks much harder to detect. If you suspect a wastewater leak, please call our Maintenance & Operations department for help.
Be aware that the exact location of a leak may not always be immediately obvious. Some leaks may start at one location, then flow along a ledge or other channel for a distance before they drain down and create some visible damage.
Look for wet, warped or discoloration stains on your ceilings, floors, walls and woodwork (such as the bottom of your kitchen or bathroom sink cabinet). As you attempt repair, be sure to check twice for the actual location of the leak, not just the resulting damage from the leak.
Condensation can also be a form of water leak. While condensation is normal, excessive condensation can cause damage to your walls, ceilings, floors and woodworking. If there is too much condensation, insulating your pipes may stop or reduce the condensation