Dye testing is an effective and simple way to check for leaks and determine if water or sewage flow is accurate. Introducing dye into the sewage system will determine if a home is properly connected to the sewer line. A plumber places a dye tablet in one of the house’s outdoor drains and then flushes it with water. Watching the progress of the colored dye tells them where the water is going.
Dye testing can also help identify toilet leaks. You could lose gallons of water each day due to hidden toilet bowl leaks. Unlike other types of leaks that lead to puddles in the floor, those in the toilet bowl aren’t as obvious. The water level in the bowl remains constant with any excess running silently down the drain. Even if you don’t see any signs of trouble, you could be losing and paying for a lot of unused water.
Checking for a Toilet Leak With Dye Testing
You may have already seen some signs of a leaky toilet without realizing it. Maybe the toilet runs a lot longer than usual after flushing. You might hear the faint sound of water running even when it hasn’t been flushed. These seemingly minor issues could be signs of a serious problem.
How Plumbers Use Dye Testing
A plumber's dye test is a simple way to find out where the water in your toilet is going. The plumber will remove the lid from the toilet tank and examine the water level. Toilet manufacturers make a water line in the toilet to mark the accurate level.
Plumbers use a special powdery dye for dye testing. They pour it into the tank and wait for about fifteen minutes for the powder to dissolve. If there is any color at all in the bowl, it means there’s a leak. Even those that cause only a tinge of color will turn into big leaks that cost you more money.
Underground water leaks are difficult to diagnose. A “trial and error” approach to repairing a leak can cost a great deal in time and money. Dye testing eliminates the cost of digging up pipes and making repairs that aren’t needed. It also lets you know if the leak is the result of your water pipes or sewer lines.
If you suspect you have a water or sewage leak, contact San Diego Plumbing and Pipelining today. We’ll evaluate the source of the leak and provide you with the most effective solutions for your situation.