Before you call a plumber, there are measures that you can take to assure that the water in your basement (bathroom, garage, etc.) is actually from a pipe leak. If nothing else, having identified the problem area will reduce the stress when the plumber does arrive on scene. Although most leaks occur at or near an installation like a sink, bath tub or toilet, there are cases when the problem is with the pipe itself.
After doing a thorough inspection of all your sinks and other water installations, and determine that they are dry, move to the basement to trace the plumbing system for leaks. Think of you home’s plumbing as its circulatory system comprised of 2-parts:
- Pipes bringing fresh water into the system
- Pipes taking wastewater out of the system
Begin your inspection on the incoming pipes. Before committing to the laborious process of tracing every line, do a quick visual overview. If you detect an dripping water, be sure that it is not condensation. Dry the area thoroughly if possible and watch to see if in fact it is a leak.
Once you begin tracing the lines, it will become easier to identify the feeds to every installation. As you ‘clear’ each line, mark each with a permanent marker, piece of string or a zip tie – to avoid going back over the same lines. Continue in this manner until you locate the problem area.
Once the problem is located, determine whether it is a task you have the skill set to complete. Plumbing is definitely not a simple process – especially if the problem is in the lines. It is advisable that you consult your local plumber at this point. If you need plumbing in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, British Columbia area – High Mark Plumbing offers 24 hour emergency service for cases just like this!
It is possible that you can temporarily repair a pipe leak. Using either waterproof wrapping tape or a plumbing patch kit might allow you to use the water until help arrives. Neither of these suggestions is by any means recommended as a permanent fix! Any manner or temporary or permanent repair requires that the pipes be dry and the water turned off.
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