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Types of Plumbing Leak Detectors

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Kinds of Plumbing Leak Detectors

When it comes to interruptions in life, few people think to prepare your business or home from water leaks. It can come at the worst time, causing costly damage and expense. Since water leaks can originate from many sources like air conditioners, damaged skylights, windows, water supply, and return lines, cold-water chillers, condensation drips, toilets, faucets, or even construction errors, there are several different plumbing leak detectors available.

Small and common leaks, like found in toilets with worn-out flappers, can be easily diagnosed using dye tracer tablets. These are put in the water tank, and if the color seeps into the water in the bowl, there is a leak.

Septic tanks have a similar fluorescent tracer dye that can be used to detect leaks. Simply flush approximately 2 tablespoons of the colored chemical tracer into the system and then inspect your pipes for leaks and ground surface for evidence of the tracer dye from this plumbing leak detector.

Plumbing leak detectors can also be in the form of systems, designed to raise an alarm when water touches the leak detection cable or spot probes. These systems are called passive leak detection systems and are frequently battery-operated, stand-alone units. They are typically inexpensive and easy to install. Active leak detection systems usually generate some kind of alarm, but also perform a function that will stop the water flow. They feature a shutoff valve and some means to determine that a leak is occurring. A qualified plumber should be contacted to handle the installation of these systems.

Every homeowner and business owner should evaluate his needs and consult his local plumber to find the best plumbing leak detector for him. We can ensure the safety of your property big or small, with a properly installed leak detection system.