Effective Water Leak Detection Advice for Homeowners
No one wants to deal with a leaking plumbing system.
Whether you’re noticing the sound of rushing water in your walls or experiencing cold spots on the floor, water leaks are annoying to deal with and often result in extensive repairs and remodeling work to repair the damage.
When it comes to dealing with water leaks, there are a few things homeowners should know.
Here is some of our best advice for dealing with water leaks in the home:
Hire a Professional to Find the Source of the Leak
You may think it’s simple to find a leak but in reality, pinpointing the source is a little more complicated.
In many cases, the leak is located in a pipe inside the walls, ceiling, or floor of your home, making it difficult to get an exact location.
When you work with a professional, the technician will use a variety of tried and tested leak detection methods to find out where the leak is located and exactly how severe the problem is.
Some of our best leak detection methods include:
- Meter Testing: This special tool measures the water pressure inside a pipe. From there, we compare the water pressure in your pipe to that of a healthy pipe to find out if there is a leak.
- Infrared Camera: An infrared camera allows us to take multiple pictures of the pipe in question to locate the leak.
- Dig and Drill: Although this method is the most invasive, requiring us to dig and drill into your walls or floor to expose the leak, it is effective because it exposes the leak right away for a quick repair.
Understand the Effects of Water Leaks in the Home
Water leaks are more than simple inconveniences. Many times, a water leak can cause considerable damage to your home.
Some of the most significant effects of water leaks in the home include:
- Rising water bills.
- Wasting water and hurting the environment.
- Rot and structural damage from water flowing where it should not.
- Mold growth that can have negative health effects on your family and make it harder to sell your home in the future.
Invest in Preventative Maintenance When You Can
The best defense is a good offense when it comes to dealing with water leaks in your home.
Preventative maintenance is required to make sure the pipes are in good condition and will not leak in the near future.
Some of the most important maintenance services you should invest in are professional drain cleaning, pipe inspections, and more.
In addition to this, we also recommend investing in repiping services if you are constantly dealing with broken or leaking pipes.
Although repiping is an investment in itself, it will save you money in the long run since you will be spending less on leak repairs and inefficient water bills.