One of the most annoying, and yet most common, problems that homeowners face is that of plumbing leaks.
There probably isn’t a homeowner in the area that hasn’t had to deal with at least one minor leak, even if it’s just a drippy sink faucet. This may leave you wondering, though, can you ever prevent a plumbing leak? And if so, how?
Well first, scheduling routine plumbing maintenance so that our professionals can inspect your pipes and make sure they’re in good shape is a great first start. Next, it’s best to avoid chemical drain cleaners… these are actually quite caustic and can eat away at the lining of your pipes, ultimately doing more harm than good.
You may still deal with a leak here or there due to wear and tear, but at least you can try your best to avoid some of the most popular leaks such as…
The Most Common Types of Plumbing Leaks
It’s not really much fun to think about the most common types of plumbing leaks, but they include:
- Pipe leaks underneath sinks
- Slab Leaks or Foundational Leaks
- Leaks Behind Your Drywall
- Toilet Leaks
- Water Heater Leaks
Without take action to prevent leaks, you could find yourself facing one of these problems at any time. And unfortunately, it is often hard to tell that you even have a leak, until it’s already done a bit of damage. This is especially the case with slab leaks. Fortunately, there are signs you can watch out for that indicate you have a leak!
The Signs You Have a Leak
It’s essential that you hire a professional for leak detection services in order to accurately find where your leak is occurring and have it adequately repairs, but there are some signs you can watch and list for on your own, including:
The Sound of Dripping or Running Water
Let’s say that you don’t have any plumbing appliances on… no one is taking a shower, no sinks are being uses, etc. Well, then you shouldn’t detect the sound of dripping or running water… and if you do it’s the sign that you have a leak.
Soft Spots on the Ceiling or Drywall
When pipes leak for a while without being noticed, the moisture can damage the surrounding drywall or ceiling that the pipe is behind or above. This eventually leads to soft spots in those areas.
Keep in mind, but the time this occurs, the leak has probably been happening for a few days, so you do want to give us a call right away!
A Decline in Water Pressure
A drop in water pressure means that there is something that is preventing waterflow from being as powerful as you’re used to. If this occurs slowly, over time, then it’s a sign of a growing clog creating a blockage. If it happens suddenly though, it’s definitely the sign that your plumbing system sprung a leak somewhere down the line.
These are just a few of the signs you might have a leak. If you ever suspect a plumbing problem, please don’t hesitate to contact our team!