Unfortunately, not all water leaks are where we can see them. Most of our plumbing pipes are hidden behind walls and under a concrete slab. You can search high and low looking for the source of the leak. Breaking into walls and digging up the floor or ground needlessly will only waste time and money.
What causes water leaks?
Plumbing leaks are caused by several factors, such as corrosion from aging pipes, improper digging practices can cause underground pipes to rupture, high water pressure, clogged drains, weak pipe joints, extreme temperature fluctuations, and the ground shifting.
Signs you may have a water leak
There are a few telltale signs your home may have a water leak.
Higher than normal water bill
Mold or dark areas on the ceilings or walls
Rust stains around the sinks or toilets
Wet spots on the floor or walls
A musty odor
The sound of running water when all appliances and faucets are turned off
Gurgling or banging sound coming from the pipes
Peeling paint or loose tiles in the bathroom
Unexplained puddles in the yard
Warm areas on the floor
The dangers of a water leak
Unseen water leaks can be the source of some big problems. The longer it is allowed to continue, the more damage that it does, which means a higher repair cost. Not to mention the property damage and structural integrity. Then there is the potential health risks associated with water leaks, such as mold and mildew.
As a water leak continues to drip, the drywall absorbs the water, causing decay. Fungl and mold start to grow. Eventually polluting the air of your home or business with mold spores.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, water leaks lead to mold problems which cause allergic reactions, including coughing, sneezing, rash and itchy eyes. But prolonged exposure can result in serious harm such as severe headaches, reduced sense of smell, infections and breathing problems.
The most cost effective and safest way to avoid these issues is to remain vigilant and ensure your plumbing and water leaks are fixed in a timely manner by the professional at the Leak Doctor.
Detecting water leaks behind walls or under the ground isn’t always easy. Instead of guessing where the leak is located and tearing into walls or digging up the floor, you can save tons of time and money by contacting the Leak Doctor.
With over 20 years of experience, the Leak Doctor uses the latest technology in electronic equipment to save you money without the destruction and mess of ripping up your home or business.