Pipes leaking in your home are a problem that you should never ignore. However, sometimes it is almost impossible to know when a pipe is leaking. Most of the plumbing system in your home is hidden behind walls and floors, so detecting a leak is not so easy.
Look for any warning signs
The easiest way to identify a leak is if it is visible. Stained walls and ceilings can mean that water is affecting them. This can also cause mold or mildew, which thrive in moisture. High water bills are another warning sign. If you haven’t changed your water usage patterns and are receiving bills that are above your average, you could be wasting water thanks to a leak that has not been detected.
A simple way to find out if your plumbing is leaking is to shut off all the water in your house. Make sure there is no water running. All the faucets must be closed, and your dishwasher or laundry washing machine should not be used.Then check your water meter. If the low flow indicator is spinning, it means that water is still moving through the system, which most of the times is caused by a leaking pipe.
A pipe is leaking. Now what?
Fixing a leaking pipe used to mean having to dig them out. Walls and floors would need to be torn apart until the pipe was uncovered and fixed. It was an invasive method that could take several days to finish. But that’s just part of the story; after the pipe was repaired you would still need to cover it up again, repaint the wall, or replace any broken floor tiles. Costs could quickly add up, so even a minor repair would be an expensive job.
Pipe Lining and the Best Ways to Repair Leaky Pipes at Home
In the 1990s a new method was developed which completely revolutionized the way leaky pipes could be repaired. Using a method called pipe lining, we don’t need to uncover the pipes and the fix can be done remotely.
First of all, a video camera is inserted into the pipe. It sends a live video feed to an external monitor, and the technician takes note of any problems he sees. Cracks, broken pipe pieces, and loose joints are displayed in full color and in high-resolution, which eliminates any guesswork and pinpoint the exact spot that needs to be worked on.
The next step is to insert a liner into the pipe. This liner is coated with a special epoxy, and once we reach the area that needs to be repaired we inflate it so all the pipe’s inner surface is covered. After a few hours, the epoxy hardens and creates a new pipe section within the pipe.
This new section, or liner, is extremely durable, you can expect it to last at least 50 years. It also completely seals any leaks and covers broken pieces, so any leaks are stopped.
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