How to Detect Plumbing Issues in Your Home


It sounds like you have water running even when you don’t.  You think you have a leak, but you aren’t sure where it is.  You are experiencing stinky sewer smells, but don’t know why.   A dripping faucet is obvious; however, not every plumbing problem is that simple.  Some plumbing issues are not easy to identify.  That’s when it’s time to call in the professional detectives.  Do not call the police department!  We mean professional plumbers.  With expert training and equipment, these professionals will seek out the mysterious plumbing problem, solve the mystery, and fix it!

Detecting plumbing issues can be tricky. That’s why contacting a professional plumber is so important.  Properly diagnosing and treating the problem is the only way to ensure your plumbing will work correctly. With equipment and techniques such as cameras, hydrojetting, smoke tests, and leak detection, professional plumbers can have your plumbing back up and running properly in no time.  

Even a small plumbing problem can seem huge because we are so dependent on our plumbing working correctly.  We assume our toilet will flush, our sinks will turn on, and our pipes won’t leak.  Unfortunately,  that’s not always the case.  This article will examine some plumbing problems and the equipment and techniques the professionals at Sun Plumbing use to detect these problems.

Sewer Problems and Cameras

The professionals at Sun Plumbing can use cameras to detect sewer problems.  If you have a major blockage or things just don’t seem to be working right, a sewer camera can help locate and identify the problem.  If there is a blockage in your sewer pipes, they should be able to see it using the sewer camera.  Fine or tiny cracks may be undetectable via a camera, but a broken pipe should be visible.  If a plumber tries to diagnose a sewer line issue without using a camera, give us a call for a second opinion.

Sewer Problems and Hydrojetting

The sewer camera has found a blockage…now what?  Obviously, the camera can’t fix the problem!  Hydrojetting sends a long hose down your sewer line that sprays highly pressurized water.  This isn’t your average garden hose!  Not only will it clear the blockage, but it will send it all the way into the large main city drain.  This way it does not just send the blockage a little further down your house’s sewer pipes only to cause another blockage.  Additionally, hydrojetting gives your pipes a thorough clean out which should prevent blockages for a long time to come.  Of course, if you have a 2-year-old who continually flushes things down the toilet, that may be another story!

Odors and Smoke Tests

Do you have strange odors coming from an unknown location in your house?  By blowing smoke through your pipes, the plumber can detect where the odor is coming from.  It’s said that where an odor can go, the smoke can go.  It can help your plumber find a pipe leak, bad connection, poor ventilation, etc.  Once the source of the odor is detected, the plumber can fix the issue!  Bye-bye,  stinky sink!

Slab Leaks and Leak Detection

If your home is built on a concrete slab foundation without a crawl space under the house, you will need a professional to detect any leaks that occur in the pipes under your house.  Under your house, you will find the concrete foundation, then a couple of feet of dirt, and finally your pipes.  A leak in these pipes is not something you can discover on your own.  Our plumbers will use specialized leak detection equipment to locate the leak.  They can then determine the best way to get to the leak to repair it or replace the pipe.  Slab leaks are a bummer; we aren’t going to lie.  If you’re lucky, the plumber can get to the leak through the floor in a closet.  We recommend taking a positive approach…if they have to go through the floor in a main room of the house, you can pick out new flooring!

Signs of a Plumbing Leak

There are some signs you should watch for that can indicate a plumbing leak.  If you are having any of these signs, then give us a call for quick detection and repair.  Some signs of a plumbing leak are:

  • The sound of running water when all faucets are turned off
  • A higher water bill
  • Cracks in your floors or walls
  • Water stains on your ceilings or walls
  • Mildew – the smell of it or visible signs


When plumbing problems arise, a professional plumber can find and fix the problem.  Sewer issues can be detected using cameras and smoke tests.  If it is a blockage, hydrojetting can clear your pipes quickly.  If you have mysterious odors in your house, a smoke test can determine the source.  If you are noticing things like the sound of running water or a higher water bill, then it may be time for a slab leak detection test.  If you suspect you need a plumber, then give us a call at Sun Plumbing. Our professional, highly trained plumbers will determine the issue and solve the problem quickly and efficiently, so you can enjoy working sinks, flushing toilets, and all the benefits of healthy plumbing!

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