When it comes to plumbing issues, nothing freaks out a homeowner like a plumbing leak. When you close your eyes and imagine a plumbing leak, you probably think of a leaking pipe in a movie or a cartoon that’s gushing water at an alarming rate. While we sympathize with why homeowners get nervous about plumbing leaks, we want to help inform our customers about the different types of plumbing leaks to help alleviate these concerns.
For instance, a pinhole leak is going to be much different from a gushing water leak, and both will need particular professional solutions from a team you trust. They can both be detected in different ways, so you’ll want to rely on some information you learn from us, your trusted experts on all plumbing in Champaign, IL.
Let’s talk about leaks and the three different kinds of them.
Pinhole leaks are the first type of leak we want to address, mainly because of their size. They’re the smallest of the different types of leaks you can encounter, but they are by no means the easiest to detect. Pinhole leaks are the size of a pinhole, or sometimes even smaller, and they’ll drip water out of your pipes slowly but steadily over time. This means they can’t be detected via normal methods like listening for gushing water or noticing a decrease in water pressure.
The easiest way to detect a pinhole leak is to turn off all your water-using appliances and to check your water meter. If, after everything is shut off and you’re positive that you’re not using water, the water meter still shows water being used, then you’re likely dealing with a hidden pinhole leak somewhere. Don’t worry, your next step should be to call us so we can locate it and deal with it.
Many water leaks are moderate—meaning they’re not devastating but they’re not pinhole leaks either. While these are easier to detect than pinhole leaks, that’s usually because they’re leaking more water than pinhole leaks would. You can detect these kinds of leaks by noticing the following signs:
- Brown stains in your wall, ceiling, or floor.
- The sound of running water when appliances are off.
- A moldy scent permeating through your home.
- A high water bill.
When you notice any of these signs, make sure you call our team to have the leak plugged as soon as possible.
A gushing leak is pretty obvious. If you’re getting sprayed with gallons of water every second then you need to do two things.
- Shut off your water so that no more water can leak. Then you’ll be free to mop up and dry things out.
- Call our team to have the leak repaired ASAP. Don’t try to do this on your own, especially with a leak this severe.
Bonus: Water Heater Leaks
Your water heater could be leaking as well, which leads to lower water pressure and a problem with your home being able to produce hot water. Don’t treat this as if it weren’t as bad as a normal plumbing leak, you need a professional to address this problem as well.