A Closer Look Into Leak Detection
Leaky faucets and pipes cause significant damage to the plumbing in your home. If you have a leaky pipe or faucet, you’re wasting hundreds of gallons of water. This is one of our 5 most common plumbing problems. If you notice a steep increase in your water bill, there is a good chance you have a leak. On average, just one dripping faucet can leak over 1000 gallons of water over one billing cycle.
Pipe Leaking Issues
Another issue is a leaking pipe. A leaking pipe can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where the leak is located. Leaking pipes have the potential to create disastrous water damage in your home. How would you know if you have a leaking pipe? Your first indication may be your water bill increasing drastically, but here are some other indicators that can be used to determine if you have a leak:
- You may notice an odor or see the signs of mold/mildew in your home, these usually appear in grey spots. If you see or smell mold or mildew in your home it is important that you get it investigated immediately as water damage and mold remediation can cost thousands.
- You may see your paint or wallpaper start to peel off the wall. Water disintegrates the adhesive properties of paint and wallpaper.
- You may notice a wall that is stained or beginning to warp. Drywall will start to bubble and break apart when dampened.
- You may notice a portion of your flooring start to buckle or crap. You likely have a water leak If you notice your flooring start to deteriorate in an isolated spot. The sooner you notice and remedy the problem, the better off you will be. It is much easier to replace just one section of flooring and not the whole floor.
- You may notice dark stains start to form on your ceiling. Dark stains on your ceiling or a sagging ceiling, indicate a leak above with water pooling in that spot.
- You may smell a musty or earthy odor. When water accumulates and ages, it starts to give off an odor. If you have thoroughly cleaned your bathroom and still notice this type of odor, there is a good chance you have a leak.
You need to see for yourself. Besides the part of you feeling like you accomplished something, the main reason why you want to check this out yourself is to save you some money before you call a plumber.
Use a Moisture Meter
A moisture meter is a really cool device that senses moisture. Yes, it’s high-tech, but anyone can learn it. Most moisture meters have pins that stick all the way into the wall to detect water. Some models that costs hundreds of dollars don’t require a probe to be placed in the walls.
In the grand scheme of things, the pins aren’t really a big deal. Some moisture meters have very small pins and you don’t even have to stick them in very far in order to get an accurate reading. Keep in mind that if there is already water in your walls, sticking pins in it should be the least of your concerns. Make sure you stay up to date with all of our plumbing tips on our Masters Company Plumbing Twitter page.
If You Determine You Have a Leak
If you are experiencing any of the above signs, contact us right away to assess and take care of the leak for you. You can trust that our team of experienced Masters Company Plumbing experts will accurately diagnosis you plumbing problem and remedy the leak in the most efficient manner.