8 Helpful Leak Detection Tips

Leak detection should be atop your to-do list this winter if you want to save money on water bills and avoid the perils of water damage. However, you may see this as easier said than done. The difficult aspect of detecting leaks for many homeowners is that pipes are often not immediately visible. Piping is generally located between walls and under floors, meaning that a leak can occur without the homeowner ever having a clue. This can lead to some unfortunate consequences, including water damage to your home. Perhaps just as bad, if not more so, is the water loss. If you do not treat leaks soon enough, you may be wasting thousands of gallons of water. The total amount may come to over 10,000 gallons per year, according to the EPA. That roughly equates to 270 loads of laundry! You will be in for an unwelcome surprise when your next water bill arrives in the mail and discover that the cost has skyrocketed. It will even more frustrating when you consider that your personal water usage remains at normal level, and you’ll still have to pay more than necessary. Before pipe leaks ruin your winter, you need to study up on what you should notice around the house when you suspect a leak is present. The sooner you can identify the signs of a leak, the sooner you can call for service to get it fixed.

Calling Roy’s Plumbing for High-Quality Service

If you are having a difficult time with leaks, Roy’s Plumbing should be your leading choice for plumbing and leak detection services this season. We have a team of plumbers ready to assist you with your every need. Our plumbers know what it takes to detect leaks and fix them quickly, so you’re not spending the entire season worrying over when the next leak in your home will occur. Our pipe repair is durable so you won’t have to make another service call for a long time to come. Not to mention, our customer service is top-notch. We will answer any of your questions as well as listen to and address all of your concerns. We will stop at nothing to ensure your needs are met 100%. With our help, you won’t be wasting any more water, and will likely save money on utility bills. Plus, with leaks stopped once and for all, you can live peacefully throughout the season. You may think the key to a happier winter may be found in reliable heating, but a durable plumbing system will prove equally beneficial.

How Can You Detect Leaks in Your Home?

Though leaky pipes are a common household problem, they should be identified and fixed at once. The consequences of leaky pipes can be expensive and labor intensive to repair. What’s more, the worst of these signs can even pose serious health risks and endanger the structural integrity of your home:

  1. Higher Costs on Utility Bills: A major jump in cost on your water bills is one of the most common signs of a leak. Your water consumption may remain at normal level, but you will find yourself paying more than necessary. If this applies to you currently, make a call to a professional for further inspection of your plumbing system.
  2. Low Water Pressure: Another early sign of trouble, loss of water pressure should coincide with a larger bill. There are a number of conditions that can cause low water pressure, and all of them have to do with your plumbing, with the exception of your water pump.
  3. Wet Spots inside the House: If the higher costs on bills and loss of pressure didn’t already alert you of a problem, then you will definitely pay attention to wet spots around the house, most notably your walls and floors. The one bright side to this trouble indicator is that you will have a better idea of where the leak is located. If you begin to notice wet spots inside your house, be sure to contact your local plumber and ask about leak detection services as soon as possible.
  4. Collapsed Pipes: Collapsed pipes are generally pretty easy to pick up on. You will likely hear knocking sounds and audible running water coming from inside your walls. That being said, many homeowners often mistake these sounds for ordinary house creeks. The sound of a building settling usually sound like a creaky boat- knocking or flushing sounds, on the other hand, may be a much bigger problem, and should be investigated by your local plumbing company immediately.
  5. Flooded Basement: A flooded basement can mean serious trouble, especially if the water threatens to damage your furnace or electrical boxes. This can prove to be a major safety hazard, which is exactly why you need to call a plumber immediately to determine your next course of action. You may want to consider sump pump installation to prevent this situation from worsening. Contact Roy’s Plumbing for further information.
  6. Wet Spots on Your Lawn: Sometimes signs of a leak may not even be inside your home. If you are experiencing sewer pipe leaks, you may notice wet spots on your lawn. If you’re someone who loves to impress the neighbors with your outstanding landscaping skills, this can be frustrating. Aside from destroying your yard, the moist soil that results from a plumbing problem can be especially attractive to pests. If you notice any wet spots on your lawn, contact your local plumber to get an inspection immediately.
  7. Termite Activity: Speaking of pests, a pipe leak may also give rise to termite activity. Yikes! A dormant termite colony can be activated once it is exposed to water. In the event of a pipe leak, you may have more guests than you were expecting this holiday season! If you have concerns about termites eating away at your home’s infrastructure, be sure to call a local plumber in addition to an exterminator.
  8. Mold and Mildew Growth: Mold and mildew growth is one of the most dangerous signs of a leak. By the time most homeowners notice this problem, it’s probably widespread within your walls. Before the health and safety of your family is put at risk, you need to call for service immediately upon detection.

Don’t Let Worry Slowly Leak Throughout Your Mind This Winter! Call Roy’s Plumbing Today for More Information on Leak Detection!

If you want to put a stop to plumbing problems this winter, contact Roy’s Plumbing today and ask about our leak detection services!