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Residential Leak Detection Guide 1 for Los Angeles Homeowners

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Residential Leak Detection Guide 1 for Los Angeles Homeowners

Residential Leak Detection Guide 1 for Los Angeles Homeowners

When it comes to your residential leaks, the Twin Plumbers have seen it all. Whether it’s a water leak , gas leak , sewer odor leak (from hydrogen sulfide emissions), structural leak (which is any leak causing water intrusion and damage through your homes foundation), carbon monoxide leaking into your indoor air, and even VOC (volitle organic compounds) and mold leaking into your indoor air — we’ve got you covered. The challenge of all these leaks is when there are small leaks. Folks, I’m talking small to the point where your living day in and day out without realizing the major damage that its doing to your home. These are leaks that are the worst, and it’s more than likely that your home owners insurance will NOT cover it. The average plumber cannot find them, and sometimes the average leak detection companies can’t even find them! They start in your walls and spread, causing toxicity and cross contaminating your indoor air . Enough of the ugly — lets get to what this post is all about namely a guide to simple preventive measures you can do to double check you for these unforeseen residential leaks. Below are helpful instructional steps to beat those challenging leaks or to do preventative. These are measures that we most often don’t even think about that can be a huge benefit to your living conditions. Check them out!

Water Leak Guide


Here’s how to test for a water leak in your home’s plumbing system. These are the steps:

  1. Locate your water shut off
  2. Install a water gauge connected to the home’s water supply, (NOT the sprinkler system)
  3. Turn hose bib on and see the needle rise to a pressure and stop (should be 80 PSI or less
  4. Turn off main shut off valve. If the needle stays in the same pressure reading after 60 seconds of water being turned off, then you are leak free. If the needle drops, you need to check around.
  5. Shut off your toilets at the valve located at the bottom left of the toilet tank and try the same steps.
  6. If the needle still drops, you have a leak in your water line.

Structural Leak Guide


When you have structural leaks ,the most common forms they’ll take are either in (1) your shower pan or (2) outside water infiltrating through the homes footing and causing that bad odor or musty smell. Simple steps to take for a shower pan leak are:

  1. Take your drain and cap off with some strong tape
  2. Fill up the entire shower pan to about 2 inches of water (this creates hydrostatic pressure)
  3. Anything that has been compromised will seep through — sometimes in a minute, sometimes over night
  4. Catching leaks on time will save you ceiling damage!

For outside water infiltrating the home:

  1. Take the affected area and perform a running water test by saturating the area with a hose
  2. This could take up to 30 minutes, since you are recreating heavy rain
  3. Find the areas that are compromised by seeing what leaks through.

Well, there are some do-it-yourself tips for water and structural leaks. Our next post will be about gas leaks and how you can fix them…so stay tuned! And always call the Twin Plumbers with your home plumbing emergencies.

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