Leaks are arguably the most common among plumbing issues, and a hidden leak is a legitimate cause for concern. Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta, we have years of experience dealing with leaks - both on-the-surface and hidden ones. Hidden leaks are especially dangerous. These can chip away at your building's structural integrity without your knowledge. Before you know it, you might be dealing with caving ceilings, warped floors, and even a cracked foundation. The good news is that there are ways to catch hidden leaks early on. A professional leak detection is the best route to take, but there are also warning signs to watch out for.
Scrutinize Your Water Bills
The most obvious consequence of a water leak is wasted water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, average household leaks can account for over 10,000 gallons of water wasted per year. Scrutinize your water bills and watch out for sudden spikes in water usage. If you notice unusual water usage, then test for leaks. Turn off all of the water in the building and head to your water meter. If the numbers on the meter are changing, then you likely have a heavy leak. Otherwise, note the number and return in 30 minutes (keeping the water off). If the meter has changed, then you may have a slow-running leak.
Look for Physical Signs of Trouble
Water leaking from plumbing and appliances will react with drywall, paint, wood, and other components of your building. When walls, floors, and ceilings are exposed to excess moisture for a long time, they can become discolored and stained. Wetness and moisture can also cause paint and wallpaper to peel or blister. Get in the habit of checking the corners of your rooms for these physical signs of trouble. Also check under sinks and inside of cabinets.
Watch Out for Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are fungi, and fungi are living organisms. This means they depend on water to survive. This is why mold is so common in humid parts of the home, such as the basement and bathroom. Hidden leaks can provide the moisture that mold and mildew need to thrive. If you notice mold and mildew growing on walls or ceilings, then it will pay to test for leaks.
Schedule a Professional Leak Detection
The methods mentioned so far are practical, but they do not offer sufficient accuracy or precision. For instance, a spike in water bills or the water meter test can imply that you have a leak, but how are you going to find the exact location of the leak? Further, mold and mildew may be growing because of humidity in the room, and not necessarily a leak.
If you want to pinpoint hidden leaks, then consider a professional leak detection. Plumbers use sophisticated technology to investigate the plumbing for leaks. These non-invasive tools save time and avoid damage to your property. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta is proud to offer professional leak detection. Call now to schedule a flexible appointment.