How to Detect Leaks

  1. Leaking Faucet
  2. Leaking Toilets
  3. USE WATER METER TO CHECK
LEAKING FAUCET

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.
  1. Flapper Valve Leaks
  2. FLUSH HANDLE PROBLEMS
  3. OVERFLOW TUBE 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.
  1. FINDING OTHER WATER LEAKS
  2. UNDERGROUND LEAK DETECTION
FINDING OTHER WATER LEAKS

The water you drink and bathe 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 813-749-1226 for assistance.

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 sink cabinet).  As you attempt the 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 a 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.