Is there a plumbers dye?

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  1. DIYourselfer

    DIYourselfer New Member

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    Trying to find a leak in bathroom. Is there a dye that the pros use that won't stain a tub? If I use a dye in the tub water then I will know when I see the dyed water on the unfinished ceiling below that it is probably the drain, not the pipes or mixing valve.

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. Basement_Lurker

    Basement_Lurker One who lurks

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    Food colouring will do fine.
     
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If the leak stops, then it is NOT the pipes. There are easier ways to isolate whether it is the valve or drain, and a plumber would know how to do it.
     
  5. SacCity

    SacCity In the Trades

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    To check for leaks in toilets, specifically flapper valves I generally use food coloring.
    I would be hesitant to use dies in other locations.
    Michael
     
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    I remember many years ago, the septic field police were going around to homes and flushing a packet of dye down the toilet. Then they would walk around the property looking for the dye to break to the surface or enter a stream.
     
  7. SacCity

    SacCity In the Trades

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    Marina's do the same thing with boats, throw a die packet into the holding tank so they can fine anyone who pumps overboard!
     
  8. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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