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Is it possible to test to see if a house has a small water leak?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Mmcgar, 7 Jan 2019.

  1. Mmcgar

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    Hi all

    I had an alarm notification on my hive leak sensor this morning saying that a small/ low flow leak had been detected last night. I went through the trouble shoiting but couldn't find any leaky taps etc. It's possible a tap was left slightly for a while but then fully turned off next time someone used the bathroom.
    I just hit "ignore for now" on the app but it turns out this doesn't actually reset the notification so tonight I had to go back in and basically say I had found and fixed the problem
    However after talking to the hive team it seems that now I have accepted this as fixed the sensor may see this as "normal" so if there is actually a leak it may not pick up on it

    So getting to my actual question, is there a way of testing a system to see if there is actually a small leak? Obviously a leak could be under the floor etc so not obvious for anyone physically looking for one

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    Turning all the taps off, then listening with a rod on a pipe against the ear ?
    Then to confirm, turn off at the mains, or road, see if the sound changes
     
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    Are you on a water meter? These will show the slightest of flows, by way of the wheel on the meter rotating with the water flow. Make sure everything if off, no water is being used, cisterns filling slightly etc, and then check.
     
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    Hi no water meter unfortunately. I'm guessing identifying if a leak is there is pretty difficult,, would a plumber have anything like a flow meter that could do this?
     
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    Do you have push button toilets?

    Andy
     
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    Hi Andy

    Yes both my toilets are on pushbuttons
     
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    That's where the leak is. Put some dye into each cistern.

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    Thanks for the reply Andy, I'm not exactly sure what you mean tho, do you mean that water is leaking through the pushbutton?
    If so then I don't believe that this is the case as one of the pushbuttons is on top of the cistern and the other is high enough on the toilet that it's above the water line

    Sorry if I've picked you up wrong
     
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    See below.



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