Water leaks that go unnoticed can damage a homes integrity. Learning how to identify leaks will not only preserve the value of a home but also save money on plumbing repairs and water damage. Here are some signs to watch for:
Low Water Pressure
If all the sudden the water pressure is low, this is a sign of a leak. Also, an indication is that it is taking a lot longer for the washing machine to fill up with water. These are clues that water is escaping the plumbing system before reaching its destination.
Running Water Sound
A hissing sound or a ticking at the water meter that is constant is a sign of a water leak. The sound will be very soft if the opening is small. The louder it is the larger the opening. Be attentive when it comes to constant sounds like these, this will increase the chances of catching a leak before damage sets in.
Water Bill Increase
Unfortunately, by the time the water bill comes in the mail and is higher than usual, the leak has been going on for a while. This is a good time to contact a plumber and see if there is a leak in the home or if something is going outside between the home and the meter.
Sheetrock with Cracks
When water is leaking, it will collect and pool. This can cause damage to wood as well as sheetrock. At this point, it is not only a plumbing repair that a homeowner is facing. There will be the repair or replacement of sheetrock, flooring, and studs.
Mold & Mildew
The presence of mold and mildew are not only hazardous to the health of those living in the home, but these two can also decrease the value of a home. Mold and mildew will form from water leaks. These are costly to remove, and they can truly hurt the chances of selling the home down the road.
Those that see signs of water leaks in their plumbing system should schedule an appointment with a plumber immediately. Patterson Plumbing & Heating Inc will identify the source of the leak and determine what needs to be done to repair the problem. They will quote a flat rate before beginning the work. They will be able to fix the leak before extensive damage occurs to the home.