Leaks are one of the most dangerous plumbing problems. They are difficult to detect, and can go unnoticed while they're secretly wreaking havoc on your home. Plumbing leaks can cause toxic mold growth and major structural damage. It's recommended to have your plumbing inspected at least once a year. However, leaks can occur at any time, and waiting 6-8 months for your next inspection could result in the need for an expensive renovation. So, if you suspect that your house may have a leak, follow these steps to ensure that your small problem doesn't turn into a huge disaster.
The first step to finding a solution is knowing you have a problem. Making yourself aware of the warning signs is essential to being able to spot trouble before it becomes a larger issue. Here's a short list of some common red flags. If you see any of these occurring in an area where pipes are located, you need to take action.
- Peeling Wallpaper
- Tile Breaking
- Mold Growing
- Standing Water, even in small amounts
- A Drastic Rise in Your Family's Water Bill
- Musty Smells
- Warped Walls
- Discolored Ceilings
Ignoring these warning signs is not advisable. What may seem like a small, isolated problem area could be secretly destroying your subfloor or wall frame. Choosing to overlook these red flags could mean you'll have to replace and renovate an entire bathroom, a project that comes with a much larger price tag than an inspection and easy repair bill.
If any of the above mentioned warning signs are occurring in your home, the next step is to do a quick check for problem areas. Listing the areas where these red flags are centered will help you pinpoint the source of the leaks. Check underneath the countertops in your kitchen and bathroom, look at the caulk in your bathtub and surrounding your toilet. When you're finished making the list, give Mr. Rooter of Atlanta a call. A certified, reliable plumber will be quickly sent to your home to conduct a professional and affordable inspection.
Repair or Replace
Once the source of your leaks have been discovered, then a repair or replacement can be performed. Sometimes small leaks are symptoms of much larger problems. Having your plumbing inspection and repair done by a certified plumber means you are likely to save thousands of dollars in the long term. For instance, continuously replacing the caulking on the bottom of your tub is not going to fix the leak that is causing the caulk to deteriorate.
Having a professional on your side means not having to worry any longer with unnecessary or repetitive "quick fixes" that don't address the real issues. By properly repairing and replacing necessary parts of your plumbing system, you will insure that your home is healthy and well maintained for years to come. If you believe your family's home is experiencing hidden leaks, give Mr. Rooter of Atlanta a call today and schedule an appointment with one of our certified local plumbers.