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Diagnosing Leaks – The Last Resort!

Attempting to figure out where a leak is coming from can often be the ultimate exercise in frustration.

Whether the leak is coming from the interior, the exterior, or someplace in between, correctly figuring out where a leak is stemming from is enough to drive the most cool, calm, and collected of us entirely batty!

Sometimes you believe you have found “it” and corrected the problem only to hear the dreaded “Drip…Drip…Drip…” at some point after.

Totally NOT fun!

What convolutes these types of things even further is that sometimes the leak comes from multiple sources, some easier to diagnose than others.

So, what is one to do?

If you have a situation where you have tried to figure out a leak again and again and it just does not seem to be stopping, what is now the next step???

While I am totally a fan of cerebrally eliminating possibilities and coming up with the correct answer (believe it or not) there are moments when I myself become stuck and begin to scratch my head.

When things reach this level, there is simply one logical thing that can be done to truly get a handle on the leak.

Begin to open up ceiling & wall areas from the inside out.

Though some folks may be more of a fan of doing this from the outset, I prefer the process of elimination and ‘when all else fails’ then turn to opening up the ceiling, or the wall, or whatever else makes sense to open up to more aggressively track the leak.

There is absolutely something to be said for doing this from the very beginning with the idea of ripping the proverbial band-aid off and getting to the root of the problem as fast as possible, and many times this approach from the very beginning is actually quite necessary.

The challenge that I have with going right to this tactic immediately is that the solution to the leak could be quite simple if you are experienced enough to know what to look for.

My preference is to save ripping into ceiling and wall areas until all other more “kinder/gentler” avenues are exhausted.

I also believe that sometimes you simply do not have a choice and it absolutely makes sense to begin opening things up to explore from the inside right from the very start of the leak discovery process.

This type of situation probably occurs about 20% of the time.

80% of the time if you methodically work to analyze component by component of where the leak most sensibly can be coming from, then you should be able to figure out how to neutralize the leaking without causing a bunch of collateral damage.

For times, however, when the mystery cannot be solved, strategically opening things up from the inside out and paying VERY close attention to any paths that the moisture may have created over time – so that the leak can be properly fixed – is an approach that is not only the obvious next step, but also what I tend to view as the last resort for an accurate diagnosis and subsequent correction.

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