When we think of leaks, the image of a burst pipe or a large amount of water in the house comes to mind. These are known as external leaks. This can happen, but the most common are those that we do not see; they are invisible in our day today.
These invisible, or internal, leaks happen frequently and can occur, for example, in the toilet, when only a trickle of water is formed and makes visualization difficult. It also occurs in grounded pipes or inside walls in the buildings’ structure’s internal parts.
Finding them is not always easy, and it is recommended to hire companies specialized in this service, known as “leak-hunting.” They use equipment called an electronic geophone, which can capture the sound of water through the walls. This saves you from breaking down floors or walls to look for where the leak is located.
However, before calling a specialized company, you can carry out some tests at home to check if the leak is not elsewhere, such as in the water tank, the toilet, or the pool, if you have one.
To identify leaks in the water tank, the first step is to close the reservoir outlet valve. Then, close the float tap entirely and mark the water level in the reservoir. Make sure it remains the same after 1 hour. If there is a difference, there is a leak.
A simple way to check is to put a little washing powder on the walls of the toilet. If it gets wet and drips, it is a sign that there is water leaking from that location.
In pools, the test should be done to see if the water is leaking or just evaporating. To do this, fill the pool usually, in addition to a bucket up to the edge. Place the bucket inside the pool to get stuck, and do not change the water with it. Mark the level of both and check the other day, comparing the height of each level. If there is a big difference between the markings, there are leaks. When the leakage is beyond your control, invite a water damage restoration to help you.