Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

How to Find a Water Leak Inside Your Walls

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The plumbing system inside your home is like the blood vessels inside your body. It delivers water to every point inside your house that needs it, on-demand, and is vital to sustaining many everyday functions.

Unfortunately, it can also leak, many times without you knowing it. Indeed, a water leak behind the wall can go for days or even weeks at a time, causing your utility bill to skyrocket and leaving behind thousands of dollars in water damage. 

That's why a pipe leak detection is so important. Below are a few ways you can detect it before it starts causing major issues for you and your household. 

Water Spots

The first and most obvious sign that you've got a leak behind your wall is a water spot. Look for small discolorations on your drywall that seem to have no discernible source, usually on a wall that is shared with a bathroom or a kitchen. If it hasn't been leaking very long, or if it's a slow leak, the circle might be relatively small; if it's a large wet spot, it's the opposite. Either way, it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Hire a plumber to perform a water leak detection service and get it patched.

Mold Damage

Mold spores and mildew are signs that there has been water in the area somehow, whether through condensation, an open window, or a leak in your wall. If you see mold developing, that means the water has been there for at least a couple of days, and without being taken care of, it's only going to get worse. Pipe leak detection and fixing is the first step, but ask your plumber about mold abatement as well.

Water Bills

A tell-tale sign of a leak somewhere in your home is a sudden rise in your water bill. Even if you don't see water spots or mold anywhere, if you notice that you're paying way above average for otherwise regular usage, check the water meter to see if it's running. Be sure that all of the water sources in your house are off first, then watch the meter: If it's moving, that means there's a leak somewhere. Shut off the main water to the house (if you can), and call an emergency plumber to perform water leak detection services. Even if you don't know where the leak is, you need someone who has the skills and the tools to find it for you as quickly as possible.

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31 July 2020