The Water Way Finding Water Leaks Before It's Too Late

As we go about our busy lives, we often forget about everyday physical facts—like the unceasing tension gravity places on the materials we assemble into buildings and other structures, for example. Whether or not we are paying attention, it's all reacting to gravity’s pull, and those forces can result in small tears or holes in facades, roofs and other parts of a building.

Over time, such stresses can result in a hole in a roof, oftentimes at a plane change area, such as where flashing surrounds a chimney. Even if it’s just a pinhole leak to start, if it is left undetected for very long, that dripping water can cause serious damage to a building and even adversely affect its structural integrity.

Water leaks are the bane of many homeowners and many condominium building engineers or superintendents. But unlike a drippy faucet or a drafty window, which often can be simply fixed, water leaks sometimes can be very difficult to find and remedy. Many different technologies exist to help find the source and the extent of leaks and other technologies can help minimize the damage these leaks cause. Knowing what makes leaks happen, the ways that they are found, and how they’re repaired is essential for anyone living in a multifamily building. Because after all, such a leak might happen in nearly anyone’s unit and still affect everyone in the condo because of a costly fix that all will have to pay for.

Spotting Problems

A longstanding leak might signal the need for a major building improvement project, but it might also require a less invasive solution, such as a spot replacement of just part of a roof. Knowing what solution to use is the contractor’s bailiwick, but understanding something about the fixes for water leaks, and the best practices for finding the source of the leaks, is the responsibility of each building resident.

Water leaks in a building are generally of two kinds: rain-related or plumbing-related.


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  • I bet there's a small round, silver thing with a diaarhpm in it on the end of the pressure tank. If so, this is probably the problem. It is an air volume control and when they go bad they don't let the pump shut down for some reason. Mine does the same thing about every two years. There should also be a small tube coming out of the middle of the round object, that goes to the front end of the pump. Just unscrew this thing, after draining the tank and install a new one with teflon tape on the threads and it will probalby fix the problem. Be sure to take the old one off and take it along to whatever supply house you use. That will let them find the right one for you. If that doesn't help, then there's a possibility that the jet inside the front of the pump is plugged with a small piece of material that may have come off the inside of the pump body.