If your answer is no, but you’re still curious about hydrostatic testing, read on for some useful tips on leak detection.
When compared to other methods of leak detection, hydrostatic testing is the only surefire way of finding out whether a property’s plumbing has leaks and where they are.
Whether you’re a buyer, a seller, or a realtor, getting a property’s plumbing inspected through hydrostatic testing is one of the many ways of carrying out due diligence to make sure everyone involved in the transaction knows exactly what they are getting, and are satisfied.
Hydrostatic testing, also known as static testing, is a method of leak detection that involves plugging parts of a plumbing system, filling it with water at a certain pressure, and then looking for, and if need be, fixing any leaks that may be present.
There are several key points that first time home buyers, sellers, and realtors need to know about hydrostatic testing:
Hydrostatic tests are performed by filling up sections of plumbing with water that is up to 1.5 times the pressure limit of the plumbing system.
During the test, technicians will continuously monitor the pressure of the system and manually inspect the plumbing for leaks. If water pressure drops during the test, it means that the plumbing system has a leak somewhere.
To help technicians spot cracks and leaks faster, the water used to pressurize the plumbing system is sometimes mixed with a tracer or fluorescent dyes.
Most hydrostatic tests take about two hours only.
To avoid further damage that may cost you thousands of dollars to fix in the future, any problems found during a hydrostatic test should be fixed as soon as possible.
Plumbing is one of the most important home systems and problems associated with it can be very expensive to fix if they’re ignored for long periods of time.
As a first time home buyer, a hydrostatic test is a good way to check the state of a property’s plumbing. Knowing whether or not a property’s plumbing system works well can save you thousands of dollars in repair in the future.
As a home seller, getting a hydrostatic test for your house is a good show of faith that attests to how well you have maintained your home.
In any case, carrying out static testing before finalizing a property’s sale gives both the buyer and the seller peace of mind in knowing that they both got the best value for their money or property.
If you are a first time home buyer, there are many tell-tale signs that the property you are interested in might contain leaks in its plumbing.
During your inspection of the property, look out for signs like:
If you spot any of the signs above, it is a good indicator that the property’s plumbing may have a leak and needs hydrostatic testing.
The cost of hydrostatic testing usually depends on the extent of the plumbing system being inspected. Most hydrostatic tests cost between $250 to $500. Bigger plumbing systems can cost thousands of dollars to be inspected.
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