You Should Quickly Repair a Water Leak
A water leak can pose a serious threat to your home. Here are some reasons you need to quickly repair a water leak:
- Save the cost of wasted water – It is environmentally negligent to leave leaks unrepaired. Not only does it hurt the earth, but it increases your water bill, which is money down the drain.
- Prevent damage to your flooring– Gravity pulls water to the floor, causing it to trap under floor boards, tiles, slabs, and more. If left unaddressed, a water leak can cause foundations to crack, mildew growth, and more.
- Save your walls – Much of a home’s plumbing is set behind the walls. When a pipe breaks or has a leak, it can seep through the drywall, causing the structure to weaken or collapse.
- Avoid mildew issues – Mildew thrives in moist atmospheres. Pooling water in your walls or floors can promote such growth, jeopardizing your health.
Oftentimes, plumbing leaks are not as obvious as dripping faucets and leaking pipes. There are many types of household leaks hidden underground, behind walls or beneath floors which can go undetected for years due to their inconspicuous locations. If you notice any water leak, it is your best option to call in a professional plumber. A plumber can identify the source of the leak, recommend a plan of action, and inspect your home for any other household leaks or water damage caused by the leak.
If you should notice cracks in your foundation, areas of water pooling around your home, or other signs of leaking pipes, give us a call. Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers customized repair services for all your home plumbing needs. You can also rely on us for emergency 24/7/365 water leak services to locate and repair every type of leak such as a flooding basement from a broken water line or cracked water heater in an emergency.
Detecting the Signs of a Water Leak
Are the costs of your water bills going up? If you see a significant increase on your bill, it may be due to a leak somewhere in your home. To make sure the spike isn’t due to a seasonal change, compare your water bills from the same month from the previous year to see if it’s spiked.
- Does your water meter never stop ticking? If your water meter is continuously ticking even when no water is being used in your home at the time, this may be a sign of a leak.
- Do you have mold or mildew growing in your home? Leaks often cause damp spots, which can be found on the floor or above in the ceiling. These damp spots are breeding grounds for mold and mildew, which gives off a musty odor. If you find that you have a musty smell around the home, regardless of how often you clean your home, you may have a leaking pipe.
- Are there cracks in your home’s foundation? While it is common to find cracks in your home as your house begins to settle, if you begin to notice cracks in your foundation occurring suddenly, it may be due to a water leak. Water that continuously seeps out of your pipes can weaken foundations and structural components of your home, which can cause cracks in the foundation or walls.
- Are there discolored areas near sinks, tubs or toilets? The discoloration may be due to water damage. Visually inspect the areas and if you notice wet spots or discolored areas in the flooring, this may be caused by a leaking pipe.
Varying Degrees of Water Leaks
From an inconvenience to catastrophic financial and property damage, you’ll usually find yourself in one of these three circumstances when you have a water leak.
Issue #1: A non-damaging leak that costs more money over time.
These types of leaks, while inconvenient, do not cause much significant damage to your home. Instead of costing you damage to your home, they will most likely cost you more time, energy, and money to resolve. Consider the last time you saw a sprinkler spouting straight up into the air as opposed to watering the grass or the last time you went into your bathroom to hear the toilet running even though it hadn’t been used recently.
Solution: Shut down different water sources one at a time to try and identify the source of the leak. If you don’t have any luck with this, you may need to hire a plumber to perform a leak inspection.
Issue #2: A leak that is causing minimal damage right now, but has the potential to get worse if left unrepaired for too long.
Minimal damage leaks may not look like a huge issue at first, but if left unattended to, will result in more significant damage in the future. These leaks often go unnoticed, such as a leak in your wall, a leak in a faucet or shower, or a drip from an appliance. Occasionally, these leaks occur in more dangerous areas of your home, such as in a boiler or a hot water heater.
Solution: You should turn off the water to your home and then clean up the mess. Once finished, you need to fix the leak. If it’s something that can’t be done on your own, you’ll need to call a plumber to fix the problem before turning the water back on
Issue #3: A leak causing significant damage (your home is being destroyed) – you need to act right now.
Hopefully, a leak in your home never falls into this category, as these leaks can cause a great deal of harm upon your home. Significant damage leaks are fairly easy to identify, as your home is most likely being flooded with water. Leaks such as burst and frozen pipes have the potential to result in this type of leak that requires immediate attention.
Solution: You need to turn off the water to your home and document the damage. Call your insurance company and then identify the source of damage. In most cases you’ll need to call a plumber to fix the issue that caused the leak.