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Info About Water Leak Detection for Homeowners

Sometimes, it is obvious when you have a leak. You can physically see moisture on pipes or pooling water around your plumbing fixtures. Sometimes though, you may suspect a leak, but be unsure of where it is located or how serious it is.

It’s situations like this where you need to call in the professionals who have specialized equipment to help you locate leaks and to fix them immediately, keeping expensive water damage at bay.

Do you have a leak? Do you know what to do about it? Here is some info for you to use.

Preventative Maintenance to Avoid Plumbing Leaks

While we are here to help in the event that you experience a leak, a little homeowner elbow grease can help prevent leaks from happening at all.

  • Check faucets and under sinks for drips and corrosion on pipes.
  • Remove faucet aerators regularly to clean them from debris.
  • Avoid putting grease and other food matter down your pipes, which can create clogs, putting pressure on your pipes.
  • Drain water from your hot water tank every few months to remove sediment.
  • One of the biggest causes of household water leaks is old pipes that corrode over time.
  • How old are your pipes? It would be wise to upgrade to PVC piping, which is more durable and less likely to spring a leak.

What Happens if I Experience a Water Leak?

Before you blow off that small water leak, consider what that water is going to do in your home. 

  • Even a small amount of water can cause mold to grow.
  • Mold poses a serious danger to your family’s health and well-being. It should not be taken lightly.
  • If water contacts your home’s structural components, they can warp, bend or even break.

That damage can be super expensive to repair. You might even be at risk of dropping your home’s value.

Don’t forget about your belongings, too.

  • If a slow trickle turns into a flood, your belongings get damaged or possibly even destroyed.

It’s not worth it. Don’t ignore water leaks.

How do I Know if I Have a Secret Leak?

Your first signal is that your water bills go up when they shouldn’t. You may hear water running through the pipes, even when everything is turned off. That is a signal that you’ve got a slab or foundation leak. Other trouble signs include low water pressure, mold growth and a musty odor coming from your home.