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How Tell if You Have a Plumbing Leak Before Calling for Repairs

burst-pipePlumbing leaks are one of the biggest pains for homeowners when it comes to their plumbing systems. They come in a variety of sizes, can afflict many different locations, and are caused by a number of different factors. The one constant with plumbing leaks, however, is that they can cause quite a bit of damage if they are left alone for long enough. That’s why it’s a good idea to have them found and fixed as early as possible.

Professional maintenance and inspection appointments are pretty good about finding and repairing plumbing leaks before they have a chance to get really bad. Still, if you know what to look for you can confirm whether or not your plumbing system has any leaks before calling for repairs.

Check Your Water Meter

The water meter is a great way to see if your plumbing system is wasting water. Turn off all the plumbing systems in your home, and then have a look at your water meter. If the meter is still running, then you probably have a leak somewhere in your home that’s draining water from the system.

Keep an Eye on Your Water Bills

Your water bill is another good way to tell if your system is using more water than you think it is. Sudden increases in monthly water bills, seemingly independently of how much water you’re actually using that month, could mean that you have water leaking out of the system. You’re going to want to have a professional check out your plumbing system sooner rather than later regarding this symptom, as any amount of water sufficient enough to cause a substantial uptick in monthly bills will also be enough to cause serious water damage.

Dropping Water Pressure

Typically, falling water pressure means one of two things: either your plumbing system has a blockage forming in it somewhere, or there’s a leak. If you notice a drop in water pressure, either over time or all of a sudden, you should definitely call a plumber as soon as you can. You should move especially quickly to have the system inspected if the drop is sudden, as that could indicate a pipe rupture.

Look for Visible Water Damage

This goes firmly in the “worst case scenario column,” but it still bears mentioning. If a plumbing leak is small enough to avoid causing other symptoms (as often happens with pinhole leaks) it can often still be identified by looking for signs of water damage in the home. If you see any moldy or wet-looking areas on your walls, floors, or ceilings, it might be due to a plumbing leak in that area. You’ll need to have a plumber check it out to confirm. You will likely have to pay for water remediation in some form, but at least you can have the problem dealt with before it gets worse.

Pipeworks Inc. offers a full range of plumbing repair services throughout Downs, IL. If you need plumbing repair services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that your plumbing system is kept in the best possible shape.  

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