Detecting plumbing leaks accurately and acting on them early can save you some serious cash.
Don’t let your hard-earned money drip out of your faucet, or worse, ruin the foundation of your home or commercial building.
Detecting Plumbing Leaks
The most common signs you may have a leak in your home or commercial building are:
- A higher water bill than usual
- Dripping pipes or faucets
- Buckling or stained ceiling tiles
- Paint or wallpaper bubbling
- Mildew or mold
- Damp or muddy patches in the yard
- Cracked or sagging floors
- A musty, damp smell
Leaks are serious business.
Leaks can happen for a variety of reasons, including aging plumbing systems, tree roots growing into pipes, ground or soil shifts, and more.
Types of Leaks
Detecting plumbing leaks requires experience, knowledge and at times, special equipment. Here are the three main kinds of leaks:
Many houses are built on a concrete slab foundation. If a leak happens, a repair can be costly and time-consuming with the wrong professionals and equipment.
A slab leak is a collection of water underneath or in this concrete slab foundation, causing serious damage and erosion to your building or home.
Slab leaks can be hard to detect, but they are often indicated by cracks in the foundation.
Fortunately, technologies have advanced in slab leak repair and detection. With the right plumbers, the mess, time, and cost of detection and repair is not the major headache it once was.
A water leak is often indicated by pooling water, but that water pool may not directly point out the leaky pipe.
Special equipment is required to appropriately pinpoint the leak and isolate the repairs needed without causing further damage in the investigation.
Sewer leaks can be a big problem. In addition to causing foul smells and damaging your yard, they are an ideal way to grow bacteria around indoor drains.
Repair and clean your drains such as main lines, bathtubs, sinks, laundry, & a/c condensate lines with the help of our experienced drain cleaners.
Technologies for Detection
Here are a few examples of what professional, reliable plumbers use today to save you time and money in when detecting plumbing leaks.
Radar waves penetrate the ground and locate the leak.
A gas such as industrial hydrogen is pumped into the piping while a special device tracks the movement of the gas and identifies any leaks.
Small video cameras are inserted into the pipes so that a trained plumber can identify any cracks, fractures, or leaks.
Geophone devices use advanced sound detecting technologies to amplify any water leak noises and catch the problem.
When to Take Action
Leaks are a problem that can only get worse with time.
Mold is a common side effect of leaks and can cause serious health problems such as headaches, dizziness, respiratory complications and allergic reactions.
Leaky sewer pipes can spread nasty and dangerous bacteria into your water supply.
Mold damage can destroy the structure and value of your home. The sooner you catch it, the less expensive it will be to repair the damaged areas.
Flooding can lead to serious damage to your home and destroy your belongings.
If you notice any of the detection signs, get an expert’s opinion right away.
There are several things you can do yourself to maintain the plumbing in your home to prevent future damaging leaks.
Wrap your pipes to prevent freezing
One of the best things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing is to insulate outdoor pipes.
When exterior cold-water pipes are left sitting for a long period of time in low temperatures, the water will freeze.
When water freezes, it expands and this increased pressure can cause the pipe to burst or fracture.
If you plan to be away from your house for some time, it is recommended to leave the faucets open to prevent any still water and alleviate pressure.
Replace old washers
Washers and O-rings are inexpensive and incredibly important to the function of your basic appliances, like faucets and shower heads.
Make sure washers are in good condition and tightly in place. Don’t wait to replace a defective or worn washer.
Replace poorly functioning appliances
All appliances from faucets to fridges have a lifespan. Maintaining them well can go a long way in saving you time and money.
Faucets and shower heads corrode over time, and machines like washers and dryers don’t last forever either.
How old is your water heater? Water heaters last 1-2 decades at most.
For some homes, a tankless water heater is an excellent choice.
Tankless water heaters have money-saving and environmental benefits by only heating water when needed, rather than its tanked counterpart. However, they heat less water at a time than a tank heater.
Installing multiple tankless heaters can be a good option for a large family.
Check out how long an appliance is expected to last according to a research study by the National Association of Homebuilders, summarized by Log Homes here.
Factors like frequency of use and maintenance affect the life expectancy of your appliances and fixtures, so there’s no exact answer, but this will give you a clue.
You may not be an expert, but things like rust or buckling are an obvious cause for concern.
Check your basement or crawl space regularly for any puddles or signs of mold.
Check the visible pipes and appliances in your home or business often. The more you check, the better you’ll be at detecting plumbing leaks.
The safety of your family and your house is important. Don’t let the suspicion of a leak wear away on you and your home or business.
Contact Master Repair Plumbing for all of your repair plumbing needs in Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Our business depends on customer satisfaction, so our friendly and respectful staff are happy to answer all of your questions. Our experienced licensed plumbers are committed to earning your trust and doing it right.