Identifying and Detecting Leaks
Leaks are a typical plumbing problem that have been around for as long as plumbers have been using pipes. However, that doesn’t mean leaks can’t come with their own surprises. Leaks usually all have the same symptoms for the most part, but the severity of the leak can vary drastically. That’s why it’s important to treat every leak like an emergency.
In this post, we’ll show you a few ways to determine if you have a leak and some tips for finding that leak.
Signs of a Leak
Here are some of the most common ways that homeowners can tell if they’re dealing with a leak:
Low water pressure
Your pipes are configured to run water at a certain pressure. If this water pressure suddenly starts to lower, it’s most likely a sign of a leak or rupture in the pipes somewhere. Any noticeable drops in water pressure will require the immediate help of a plumber.
High water bills
Is there a sudden spike in your water bill? Call a plumber immediately since this means that you’ve had a plumbing problem for some time, now. Anything from a leaky faucet to a ruptured pipe can create spikes in your water bill, so don’t hesitate to call a plumber immediately to find out.
A common and simple way to check for the signs of a leak is by checking your water meter. First, you’ll need to turn off all the appliances in your home that use water. When you go and check the meter, any movement it shows will most likely be due to a leak. Even without noticing the above two symptoms, the water meter test should be definitive enough.
Where are They?
If it seems like you’re showing the signs of having a leak, the best thing you can do is call for plumbing services in Carrollton, TX. Meanwhile, you can use these methods to help pinpoint the leak. If you can help the plumber find the leak, it can save on some time that you otherwise would have to pay them for.
Listening for noises
Most plumbing problems are not visible, so you may hear rushing water or dripping in places where there’s no water source, such as behind walls. Hearing these signs of a leak can help you pinpoint the source and give a good indication of where to look.
In the event of a slab leak, you’ll be dealing with a leak that has formed beneath your house. Among some more obvious symptoms like the sudden appearance of puddles or cracks in the floor or walls, there are some more subtle symptoms that can help alert you of the location of a slab leak.
If the leak in question is from a busted hot water line, it will gradually begin to heat up the concrete above it. You would suddenly be able to feel these warm spots.
Checking various faucets and fixtures
Leaks aren’t always due to broken pipes. In many cases, a faucet or fixture might be what’s having the problem. Check all your sinks, appliances, and even the hose bibs outside.
Got a leak? Don’t wait any longer. Contact Frymire Home Services today for a Higher Degree of Comfort.