Detecting a leak is only the first step in what could be a long and costly ordeal. If left unabated or the warning signs ignored, a leak could wreak devastation on a home foundation and other structural elements. And then there is the prospect of mold taking up residence, and no matter how hospitable, no wants mold shaking up in the basement.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much that you can do to prevent each and every leak. Some hide within the confines of your homes walls or beneath subfloors and foundations making visual confirmation almost impossible. However, there are tell-tale signs of water or moisture leaks, by applying a little detective work and the reliability of our senses, one should be able to determine whether he or she has a leak to find.
Start by reading over your last few statements from the water company. Leaks tend to grow over time so what looks like a slight increase spanning over a few months’ period could indicate a leak. Likewise, large spikes in water consumption as referenced by your water bill should be investigated immediately, you either have a leak or a neighbor that has tapped into your water supply somehow.
Inspect your home for any visual signs of water leaks or signs of potential water leaks. Homes that are constructed with masonry materials will show signs of water or moisture leaks and over an extended period of time will being to leach nutrients out of the water and collect them in white and sometimes yellow cloudy deposits on the face of the masonry. Be on the lookout for pools of water that could indicate a broken subterranean pipe and any other abnormalities. Doing so could have the potential to save you thousands in plumbing and associated damage repair.
Often residential plumbing leaks occur in walls and or underneath sub flooring and foundations, taking your eye-sight out of the game. While inspecting your home visually, keep an ear out for any unordinary sounds, this may be harder to do around your homes exterior if you live in a noisier neighborhood but give it a shot anyway.
You also need to listen to the pipes themselves! When you open the various taps and faucets in and around your home listen for any strange sounds. Your homes plumbing can often inform you of a leak by making distinct sounds when the water is flowing.
Your nose can often be the first of your senses to pick up on a moisture issue. In basements and around the house a smell of wet wood or wet masonry can be a large clue in discovering a potential leak.
Of course, if left undiscovered, leaks will begin to make the adjacent building materials used in the construction of your home to smell of mildew, then you should have no problem sniffing out the problem.
RUSH PLUMBING & ROOTER offers the latest in leak detection technology. Our highly trained technicians are ready to quickly diagnose your plumbing problem and take the appropriate steps to remedy the leak and any damage that may have occurred due to said leak. At RUSH PLUMBING & ROOTER we employ the latest in leak detecting technology, what this means to you is: we can find the leak without tearing into your walls and floors.
Give us a call or fill out the online form to speak with one of our highly skilled team members to schedule an inspection should you be suspicious of a leak. Time is not on your side with this issue, the longer you wait to address the issue, the more likely the end result will incur a massive repair bill.