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Dangers of an Undetected Water Pipe Leak
Plumbing leaks are sometimes serious problems because the longer the leak goes on, the more damage is done to your home and property. Most times, water leaks are evident; however, sometimes, they occur beneath the foundation or inside the walls, which can be more challenging to detect. Below are the most common dangers of unseen water leaks.
- Higher Water Bills: Left unchecked, a plumbing leak can waste thousands of gallons of water, and the longer the leak continues, the more water is wasted and the higher your water bill goes.
- Water Damage: One of the most significant dangers of unseen water leaks is water damage. When a leak occurs, it can damage porous surfaces like wood floors, concrete, drywall, and carpet. Failing to find and fix these water leaks can lead to expensive repair bills down the road.
- Mold: Mold buildup in the home can trigger various home damage. However, some water leaks aren’t visible, so you have to find other ways to pinpoint the location. Here are a few tips.
How to Find Hidden Water Leaks
- Check the Water Meter: One of the easiest ways to identify a water leak is to check your water meter. First, turn off all of the water in your house, shut off the faucets, and make sure the dishwasher and washing machines aren’t running. Now, check the water meter; if it registers water usage, you have a water leak. Depending on the severity of the leak, it may take an hour or so to register.
- Check Your Water Usage: If you’ve lived in your home for a length of time, you should have a good idea of what your water usage is in a typical month. If you find that the amount of water you’re using has spiked, it’s probably an unseen water leak.
- Monitor Your Bill: Just as you should monitor your water usage, you should also monitor your water bill and note any sudden rises.
- Check Exterior Usage: Water leaks don’t occur only in the home; they occur outside too. Check the spigots outside by attaching a garden hose and watch for water seeping through the connection while the hose is on.
- Be Mindful of Water Spots: Don’t ignore water spots that appear on walls or ceilings. If you notice these, call a professional plumber immediately to locate the problem and fix it.
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Common Water Leak Causes
Water leaks can wreak all sorts of havoc in and around the home. It doesn’t matter how small a leak you have; you’ll pay for it one way or the other. Some water leaks are unavoidable, while you can prevent others with a little common sense.
- Clogged Drains: Hair, dirt, grease, soap, and food debris are the primary culprits for clogged drains. You can prevent these kinds of clogs by being mindful of the waste that you put down the drain and by using mesh filters where possible.
- High Water Pressure: If the water pressure in your plumbing is too high, it can cause damage, which leads to leaks. Most times, water pressure is determined by where you live. The average safe water pressure for a home is 60 psi, so if yours climbs above that, call a professional plumber to find out how you can bring it in line.
- Corroded Pipes: As older pipes age, the metal breaks down, which leads to leaks and burst pipes. If you have aging pipes, consider repiping your home to add value and protection.