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Leak Detection & Repair
Leaking water lines are a problem that can really ruin the quality of life within a house. At best, they result in annoying drips that produce an aggravating sound and force a homeowner to create makeshift containers to contain a leak. At worst, a leaking water line can cause structural damage to a house’s wall or floors or spread disease-causing bacteria. Either way, a water line leak is not a joke.
Leak Locations & Problems They Cause
Toilets: Overflowing toilets are an obvious hazard, as not only can the overflowing water cause structural damage on the bathroom floor (or leak to the floor below), but it can also spread germs and bacteria from sewage all over your bathroom and give your dwelling a less-than-fresh smell. However, it doesn’t take an overflowing toilet to cause damage — even a slight leak that comes from the overflow pipe or trickles out from the toilet base can have detrimental effects. These are the leaks that often go undetected but can cause decay in the floor (or warping of wood paneling) and can cause structural weakness in the wall. When cleaning your toilet, always check for leaking water.
Faucets: A leaky faucet is not only annoying but can cause spikes in your water bill and also spoil the tile in your sink or the material in the cabinets under the sink. Even the smallest drip from your faucet can be detrimental to your kitchen or bathroom and cost you several dollars on your monthly water bill. And enough of a leak can eventually lead to bigger problems, as overworked pipes can burst and spread water throughout your domicile.
Outside taps: The damage that comes from a leaky outdoor tap (typically where you would connect a water hose) usually comes in two areas: overall cost and yard maintenance. Not only does a leaky tap spike a customer’s water bill, but it also can cause the soil in garden beds and on grass to become saturated. In gardens, that can cause plants to die or not be able to be grown, while excess water on the grass can cause mud or kill the sod. And if there’s leakage during excessively cold weather that causes water to freeze, broken pipes and a huge mess could be in your future.
Main water lines: Of all of the possible places for a water leak, this is the worst. The main lines penetrate the structure of a house and can cause fatigue/decay in walls, ceilings, floors and also disrupt the water flow in the house. This can lead to sewage flowing into the bathtub and drips coming from the ceiling at first, with bigger problems such as collapsing ceilings, faulty walls, and basements filling with water. The saturation of the structural components of your house from a main line leak can also cause mold, making it easier for disease to spread.
Water Heaters: It’s important to be aware of any water leakage in your utility room, especially around the base of your water heater. If there are signs of a leak please call a plumber immediately.
All of these problems can be serious and affect not only your overall water bill but your quality of life and the life of your home if left unchecked. So always be cognizant of any sort of water leaks or water running when the faucet or toilet is supposed to be off — it could turn into a larger problem later. Save money and frustration today by fixing your leaking water lines.
Where to Check for Leaks
- Outdoor Taps
- Main Water Lines
- Water Heaters
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