How can I locate a leak?
  • The sound of running water helps. If you hear it, follow it to its source.
  • If water is staining the ceiling or dripping down, the leak is probably directly above.
  • Occasionally, water may travel along a joist and then stain or drip at a point some distance from the leak.
  • Any wall stain is likely to be below the actual location of the leak and you’ll probably need to remove part of the wall to find it.
  • Without the sound of running water and without drips or stains as evidence, leaks are more difficult to find. Using a flashlight, check all the pipes in the basement or in the crawl space.
  • Most outside leaks occur at connections. One is at the meter and the other is near the point where the line enters the home or building.  Sometimes the line leaks between these connections. Look for a wet or soft spot in your landscaping or near the driveway.

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