Many household challenges are strenuous, but manageable for homeowners to deal with by themselves. What makes plumbing leaks so scary is their sudden and hard-to-predict nature. One minor leak, if left undetected, can cause significant damage in the form of rot, ruined flooring, and mold.
The good news is that much of these damage can be mitigated with timely repairs and plumbing maintenance service. As a homeowner, your extremely important role is detecting these leaks before they spiral out of control. Here are some tips to help you with your detection!
How Can You Tell Where a Water Leak is Coming From?
If a unusually high water bill or low pressure has you suspecting a leak, the first tools you should use to locate a leak are your senses. Take a moment to turn off any appliances or hoses that may be consuming water. Once you’ve turned off everything, take a reading of your water meter and write it down. If you like, you can test your toilet for leaks by dripping a little food coloring into your toilet tank. We’ll come back to this later (ten minutes).
Now take a slow walk throughout the house and listen for the sound of running water. Keep your nose on alert for the smell of rot, mold, or mildew. If you don’t see, smell, or hear any leaks, go back and check your toilet bowl. If any food coloring escaped into the bowl during the ten minutes, your toilet bowl is probably the problem. Before turning your appliances back on, take another reading of your water meter and see how much water your home has consumed (if any).
How Long Do Pipes Last?
Once you’ve located the source of the leak, you’ll need to determine the cause. There are a number of problems that can lead to plumbing leaks, including:
- Aging Pipes
- Pipe Clogs
- Corrosive Water Content
- Severe External Pressure
Some issues are simple to mend. Pipe clogs and corrosive water content are fairly easy to deal with. Pipe snaking or hydro jetting can help you clean out any nasty clogs that created excess pressure. The solution for corrosive water content will vary depending on the contaminant in your water, but a water quality assessment should help you figure that out.
Addressing aging pipes and external pressure is a much more involved process. Old pipes may require sectional or even whole house repiping (in extreme cases). External pressure created by shifting ground can lead to slab leaks, which could necessitate tunneling. Be sure to call a professional to confirm the need for repairs.
On a side note: keep in mind that leaks coming through the wall could be the result of a rooftop leak. Regular roof inspections should help you prevent most of these.
Professional Leak Repair and Repiping Services
No matter what sort of plumbing leaks your home faces, our team at A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. would be happy to help you beat them! You can depend on our experienced plumbers for professional leak repair and repiping services in Fontana, CA. Give our team a call today at (909) 684-1915!