How to Identify Leaking Pipes in Your Building

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Has your water pressure suddenly decreased? If your faucets and appliances are no longer functioning as well as they previously did, your plumbing system might have developed a leak.

Most of the time, the water line to your place of business will be metered in order to assess how much you consume. A leak can become an expensive annoyance by using up water even when your faucets and appliances are switched off.

In addition to the direct costs, leaks can have serious indirect costs. If your business depends on a high-pressure water supply for certain equipment, a leak can result in reduced productivity and lower-than-usual output.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to work out if your building has been affected by a leaking plumbing system. We’ll also show you how to identify the source of the leak before contacting a professional plumber.

Signs that your building has a leaking plumbing system

Leaks are often hard to identify. Many of the direct effects of a leak – reduced water pressure and hissing pipes – can also be caused by other plumbing problems, such as corroded pipes or weak pipe supports.

The best way to check for a leak is by monitoring your water meter. If, when all of your water-consuming devices and faucets are turned off, your meter continues to turn, your system is probably affected by a leak.

Monitor your water meter over several hours while all water-consuming devices and faucets are turned off. While small increases may be explainable, large-scale movement generally indicates a leak.

Locating the source of the leak in your plumbing system

Leaks aren’t always easy to locate. However, there are ways to discover which part of your plumbing system is most likely to be affected. One of the most effective and straightforward methods involves monitoring multiple faucets’ water pressure.

Switch on all of the faucets in your building one at a time and monitor the pressure of each one. If some faucets have weaker water pressure than others, the source of the leak is close to the faucet.

If all faucets are affected by poor water pressure, the leak may be between the meter and your building. If your building has a shut-off valve, close it and see it the meter’s still moving. If it is, the leak must be between the meter and your place of business.

Fixing a leak in your plumbing system

Fixing a leaking pipe is far from simple, especially if it’s located deep in your system or in a difficult-to-reach location. Instead of repairing the leak yourself, try to find it within your plumbing system to save time for the plumber.

Once you’ve pinpointed the leak, contact a professional plumber and have them fix it for you. Being able to calculate the position of the leak – even if it’s to a few meters – will significantly reduce the time (and possibly the cost) required to repair it.

If your building’s plumbing system has a leak, contact a plumber immediately to get it repaired. Leaks left unrepaired can cause a significant amount of damage, as well as increasing your building’s water consumption beyond its normal level.