Leaks are a homeowner’s enemy. This is because it can cost someone a huge amount of money to fix a leak. And we’re not just talking about fixing the plumbing but also taking care of all the other things that get affected when your home starts flooding. This includes your personal belongings and other appliances.
There are two types of leaks to watch out for: the very obvious ones that usually take the form of pooling water near your appliances and the hidden leaks. You need to be very careful with the latter because if you can’t spot them, you might end up with a flooded home and spend a fortune on repairs, replacements and restorations. Read this article to know the signs of a hidden leak in your plumbing and call a plumber if you suspect a leak. A licensed plumber would be able to thoroughly inspect your home to find the leak and fix the problem for you.
How to Know If There Are Leaks in Your Plumbing
Watch out for the signs below and contact a plumber right away for professional leak detection:
High Water Bill
One of the first signs to look out for is if there’s any spike in your water bill. If your bill this month is unusually higher, we suggest you look for any signs of blistering paint, bulging wallpapers or water stains on the walls or ceilings. If you see any, call a plumber immediately so they can investigate this further. There is likely a leak in your plumbing if the water bill is higher and you see signs of leaks as well. Don’t worry, a professional can help you locate the leak and fix it for you as well.
You can also do a toilet leak test to determine if that is what might be causing the spike in the bill. To do a test, simply drop food coloring into the toilet bowl and wait for about 15 minutes. Check the toilet bowl right after and check if the water has changed color. If it did, the culprit could be the toilet. A plumber should be able to help you fix this.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure and high water pressure are both bad news. If the water pressure is below 40 PSI, this might indicate a leak in your plumbing especially when you have low water pressure in all of your plumbing fixtures. It’s not good to have high water pressure either as it can destroy the pipes and eventually lead to catastrophic plumbing. If the water pressure levels in your home are low, call a plumber for professional leak detection or install a water pressure regulator if your water pressure is high.
Have you heard unusual noises in the pipes recently? That can actually indicate a leak in your plumbing. We suggest you contact a plumber for professional leak detection so they can check on this further. Don’t worry, our plumbing team is equipped with the right tools and equipment to help them determine if there’s a leak in your plumbing.
If the wallpaper looks different or you see sagging walls or damaged floors, these can indicate a serious leak in your plumbing. You need to contact an emergency plumber ASAP to locate a leak. If you don’t do something about this, the problem can progress into something really serious and costly. Call us right away so that our team can check on this for you and protect your home from water damage.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Home
There are things you can do to safeguard your home and avoid a costly plumbing repair. Check our tips below.
- Install safety devices. One of the things you can install is a leak detection device. You can place it near your water heater or plumbing pipes. Make sure you also connect this device to your phone to get notifications or alerts. The good thing about a leak detection device is that it can automatically turn off your water to prevent further damage to your plumbing. Talk to us if you want to know more about a leak detection device or when you’re ready to install one for your home. Another safety device you can install is a sump pump. You need this especially when you have a basement. Make sure you test the pump first to ensure it works and don’t forget to get spare batteries just in case.
- Insulate the pipes. Do you get bad winters? Always protect your exposed pipes when the temperature starts dropping so that they don’t freeze. Turn on the heating as well to help warm the pipes. Flowing water is also good so make sure you slightly open those faucets to prevent water from freezing. If the pipes are already frozen, just call a professional to help you thaw the pipes.
- Get professional water heater maintenance. In addition to removing the sediment that will accumulate in the water heater, you also need to call a professional to thoroughly inspect your unit to ensure it’s still in excellent shape. Don’t worry, if there are problems, he will let you know. He will also try to resolve it on the same day.
Get in Touch with bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans Today
If you need a plumber to take care of repairs or inspections, trust that you can always rely on us. We are available at your earliest convenience and our plumbing experts will always go the extra mile to resolve your issue and ensure you’re completely happy with our services. Call today if you need help with your water heater, pipes or drains. When it comes to plumbing, we are the right plumbing company for it.
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