Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

Posted by Butter Plumbing

repair-plumbing-leakPlumbing leaks rank among the most common service calls we take. The good news is that they’re relatively easy to fix. Modern technology has made it easier than ever for trained plumbers to pinpoint the exact location of a leak and to get it fixed quickly so that your plumbing system can get back up to speed.

The bad news is you still need to be able to spot the signs of a plumbing leak, which can be more difficult than it sounds. It’s one thing if there’s water spreading out across your kitchen floor (and everyone in your home should know where the main shut-off valve to your plumbing is, so you can stop the water from spreading). But chances are that most of the pipes in your plumbing system sit behind the walls or under the floor where they can’t be seen.

These tend to be the most difficult problems to fix, not because patching the leak is any more difficult than it would be with a visible pipe but because the leak can go undetected for weeks or even months in some cases. The water can cause a lot of damage in that time, and will take more time and money to clean up than simply patching the leak in the pipe.

The best thing for you to do is to learn to look for subtle signs that you have a plumbing leak in a hidden section of pipe. Thankfully, you can spot those signs very easily if you know what to look for. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mold Growth. Mold, fungus and discoloration can appear in spots where the water has leaked. There might also be a fungal smell in the spot.
  • Cold Spots or Warm Spots. These appear where hot or cold water is leaking out of the pipes behind the wall. You can usually detect them simply by feeling with your hand.
  • Sounds of Dripping or Running Water. These will typically take place in parts of the house where you don’t normally expect to hear such noises.
  • Soft Spots. Water will soften drywall and other surrounding materials. You can feel with your finger, though you shouldn’t poke at a soft spot excessively once you have detected it.
  • Low Water Pressure. If you turn on an outlet in your home and the water doesn’t come out with the speed you expect, there’s likely a problem with a leak somewhere.
  • Higher Bills. Unfortunately, the water company will likely charge you for leaked water, even though you haven’t used it. If you spot an unexpected spike in your water bills despite not using your water any more often than normal, you should definitely check for a leak.
  • Check Your Meter. One of the easiest ways to spot a leak in your home is to look at your meter, refrain from using any water outlet in your home, and then check it again in an hour or so. If the readings have changed, you’ve got a leak.

For plumbing leak repairs in Henderson, NV, call Butter Plumbing today!

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