One of the most common problems that you may have to deal with as a homeowner is that of plumbing leaks. Your pipes are designed to last a fairly long time. However, age and water pressure takes its toll, and you never know when a leak might occur somewhere in your plumbing system.
Trained plumbing professionals can remedy the issue very quickly in most cases—and you should always trust a professional to handle this type of repair work as they have the proper experience and licensing to do so. However, you can’t contact a plumber to fix a leak unless you know you have a leak, and since plumbing systems are large and extensive, and pipes hidden behind walls and in crawlspaces, they can be hard to detect.
The problem with these hidden leaks is that dripping or running water, while not always easily detectable, can cause significant damage to the surrounding areas in your household, including drywall, flooring, and even electrical wiring. And since it’s hidden, this damage can become pretty extensive before signs of the damage are even noticeable. Additionally, you’re still paying for all that water that’s leaking, meaning you’re paying more than necessary for your monthly water bills.
You can save yourself a headache, not to mention a great deal of money, by spotting the signs of a hidden plumbing leak early on. The following are some common examples of things to watch out for (but signs are not limited to these examples):
The moment you notice any of these signs or even suspect that you have a leak, it’s time to turn off your water to the affected area and give our plumbers a call. If you aren’t sure of exactly what area is being impacted, you can use the main shut-off valve to stop the flow of water for the entire home.