How to Trace a Water Leak in Plumbing

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Tracing a water leak in plumbing will require you to first check all of your unions and elbows. Trace a water leak in plumbing with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to trace down water leaks. When trying to run down a water leak, the first thing I do is go check all my unions and my elbows. I'll just use a paper towel or a rag. A lot of times, the pipes sweat. So, where the pipe is actually wet might not be where the leak is coming from. So, go ahead and take my paper towel or rage. Clean up the area really well. Make sure that the water is still on and then check to see if the area is giving moist really fast, if it is, there's a leak there and you'll go ahead and have to replace that union or elbow. Now, on copper, I do the same thing. A lot of times, the first thing I check is my compression fittings. A lot of times, people over tighten these. So, I'll just take my paper towel. Clean up the area really well. A lot of times water will just be spraying right out from underneath the nut or from the threads. So, if that's the problem, I'll just take a pipe wrench or an adjustable wrench. Give it just a little bit of torque. See if that works. If it doesn't work, a lot of times, it's the compression ring inside that has to be replaced. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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