Mystery Leaks And How To Deal With Them

Posted on: 5 April 2023

It can be troubling and annoying when you know you have a leaking pipe but cannot find the source. Locating a leak behind a wall can be a challenging task, but here are some steps you can take to help identify the source of the leak.

Check for visible signs of water damage: Look for discoloration or staining on the wall, ceiling, or floor near the suspected leak. You may also notice peeling paint, sagging drywall, or a musty odor. 

Listen for the sound of dripping or running water: If the leak is active, you may be able to hear the sound of water dripping or running behind the wall. Try turning off the television and other noises and or listen for the leak late at night. 

Use a moisture meter: A moisture meter can detect the presence of water in walls and other surfaces, helping to pinpoint the location of the leak.

In many cases, even if you locate the source of the leak, you may not be able to access it adequately or repair it. In that case, you should:

Call a Professional Plumber

It's best to call a professional plumber who has the tools and expertise to find and repair the leak. They will employ a number of methods to zero in on the location of the leak such as:

Moisture meters: These devices measure the amount of moisture present in building materials such as wood, drywall, and concrete. Moisture meters work by sending an electrical current through the material being tested and measuring the resistance of the current.

Infrared cameras: These devices use infrared radiation to detect temperature differences in building materials. When a leak occurs, the water can cause a temperature difference that is detectable by the camera. Infrared cameras are particularly useful for detecting leaks in areas where pipes are not easily accessible.

Acoustic leak detectors: These devices use sound waves to detect leaks in pipes. When water is flowing through a pipe, it creates a distinct sound that can be detected by an acoustic leak detector. Plumbers can use these devices to pinpoint the exact location of a leak, even if it is hidden behind a wall or beneath a floor.

Remember, leaks behind walls can cause serious damage over time and potential health hazards like mold growth. Contact a residential plumber to locate and repair your leak before more serious damage is done to your home.