Do you know how many pipes are underneath your Central Florida home or business? From the pipes that bring fresh water into your building (both hot and cold), to those pipes that take waste and sewer water out of the building, there are on average 500 feet of piping in the average home.
As pipes age, they succumb to a number of things:
Damaged pipe joints
Excess water pressure
Intruding tree roots
Loose water connectors
Rapid temperature changes
There are several signs you may have a water leak underground
High water bill
Your typical monthly water should stay about the same amount. It is easy to go online and look at previous water bills. If you notice any type of increase, there is a good chance you have a leak.
Low water pressure
When pipes start to erode, become clogged or rupture, it can create low water pressure. To put it to the test, turn on the shower, then flush the toilet, if you notice a change in the water running in the shower, you may have a leak.
Bulges or cracks in the pavement or driveway
This can indicate a pipe has cracked or ruptured. Potholes or depressions in your yard. This can be potentially dangerous and should be taken seriously. A hole in the ground can mean there is a cracked pipe.
Wet, warm, or cracks in the foundation
A broken or cracked pipe under the foundation causes warm or even wet areas on the flooring. If not caught in time it can weaken the foundation.
If waste water is leaking, the pipes have a pinhole leak or if there is a blockage, it definitely needs to be checked out.
Underground water leaks are nothing to mess around with, the earlier it is detected and repaired, the less damage it will cause, and cost less money to repair.