What is Hydrostatic Testing, and Why is it So Important?
Hydrostatic testing is a process used for testing tanks and pipes for leaks. A hydrostatic test is performed by filling (pressurizing) the vessel or piping being examined and subsequently monitoring the level of pressurization for changes. If there is a lowering of pressure, there is a leak somewhere in the system. If you suspect a plumbing leak in your home, hydrostatic testing is a must for determining the presence of a leak under your slab.
How Does Hydrostatic Testing Apply to My Plumbing System?
To perform hydrostatic testing on a home or commercial plumbing system, a toilet is removed on the first floor of the structure. An inflatable ball is pushed into the drain pipe to block the entire plumbing system for about half an hour. The water level at the removed toilet is monitored throughout the test, and if the water level drops, there are leaks in the system. If the water level remains consistent, there are no leaks.
When a leak is detected, the next step is referred to as isolation testing. This is a process where separate sections of the plumbing system are blocked off and tested individually, in the same manner as with the whole house test, just on a smaller scale. Isolation testing allows the plumbing technicians to narrow down and locate the area of the leak.
Once the leaks are located, a full schematic of your plumbing system is drawn up, and a solution is engineered. Drain system leak repairs can be as simple as the replacement of a single section of pipe, to a complete redirecting of your drainage system.
If you are considering purchasing a home the hydrostatic testing is a must. In many instances, the current owner of the home is unaware of any plumbing leaks, and this test will allow them the opportunity to fix it before the sale.
Also, if you have recently leveled your home’s foundation, the hyperextension of your home’s pipes can cause leaks to appear in the fittings and couplings.
Why Choose Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Services for My Hydrostatic Test?
Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Services have been performing both commercial and residential hydrostatic testing for two decades. We have a proven track record for the engineering and resolution of plumbing leaks that dates to 1979. We back our work with a ten-year warranty, which is among the best in the industry.
Don’t let what is now a minor leak in your plumbing system turn into a major expense. Detect it and fix it now, with the help of hydrostatic testing from Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Services.