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Leaks can be a huge problem for any homeowner. Whether it’s a leaky faucet
or a cracked pipe, leaks can spell big trouble. Depending on the size of the leak, you could be wasting a lot of water and subsequently a lot of money. Unchecked, water damage can start to become a real problem as well.
At Plumbers 911, we are the best in leak detection. With the newest tools and best techniques at our disposal, we can detect leaks much quicker than our competitors.
Where Do Most Leaks Happen?
A leak can spring up anywhere, but we’ve found they happen more commonly in certain areas.
- Service Line. This generally leads from your pump or your meter and runs to your home. This line typically runs under your yard or driveway and can be disrupted by plants or other ground material.
- Slab Leaks. Your home hosts an extensive network of pipes that cross back and forth under your house to deliver water to all areas of your house. A lot of these underground pipes are connected to the concrete slabs at the base of your home. When concrete changes temperatures, it can either expand or contract. Over time, the concrete can shift and crack which causes the underlying pipes to be exposed as well.
- Inside Your Walls. These types of leaks are usually discovered after it’s too late. You’re bound to find wet walls and the formation of mold in the corners when the pipes inside the walls start to leak.
- Crawl Spaces. Pipes in tight spaces like crawl spaces can be bumped or hit very easily by rodents and people alike. These pipes aren’t always noticed and can start to leak through the walls as well.
This is just a few of the most common types of leaks. A leak can occur anywhere within your home and leak detection should be taken seriously. Scheduling an annual checkup can be an easy way to reduce your risk of a leak. We’ll inspect your current system and let you know if you have any areas that are leaking or are prone to leaks.
Common Signs Of A Leak
It can be a little overwhelming thinking about all the different places a pipe can start to leak. Fortunately, there a few signs you can keep an eye out for that make it easier to detect leaks.
Listen For Running Water.
If you hear running water and you don’t have any water turned on, there’s a good chance you’ve found a leak. Even though you may have shut the faucet off, water continues to flow out of your home. With today’s pipes, you won’t be able to hear that unless you have a leak in one of your pipes where water is escaping.
Mold and Mildew.
If you see mold and mildew starting to form, you’ve got standing water somewhere. Water is a breeding ground for mold and mildew and will start to form for a leak. Keep an eye out as mold can become a health hazard if not removed.
High Water Bills.
If your water bill is higher than normal, you’ve probably got a leak somewhere. Our professionals can quickly find the leak and get your water bill back to normal.
Cracks in the Foundation.
If you start to find cracks in your foundation, water can be a culprit. When pipes leak and excess water starts to pool, it will continually sink lower towards you foundation. Over time, the water can weaken your foundation and eventually cause cracks to form.
Random Wet Spots.
If you find random wet spots around your house and don’t have an unruly pet to blame, a leaky pipe might be. Depending on the severity of the leak, it might surface in concentrated areas which can form random wet spots.
Keep an Eye on the Water Meter.
If you suspect a leak, keep an eye on your water meter. Check it for a point of reference before you leave for work. Don’t run the washer, dishwasher, etc., while you’re gone. If you come back and the water is higher, the water is running and you have a leak somewhere.