Tips for Locating Plumbing Leaks
Leaks in your home can cause a significant amount of damage when they’re not found and fixed. They also result in higher water bills, which can add up over time. Since plumbing leaks can occur in several parts of your home, it’s important to know how to locate them.
Faucets and Fixtures
Leaks commonly occur in kitchens and bathrooms around faucets, sinks, toilets, tubs, and other plumbing fixtures. You might notice water leaks while faucets are running, but keep in mind that leaks aren’t always easy to spot. Look inside cabinets under sinks to check for stains or damp spots that indicate a leak. For toilets, add a few drops of food coloring inside the tank. If this colored water ends up inside your toilet bowl, it means you have a leak.
Walls and Floors
Leaks can also occur inside your walls or under the floors in your home. These leaks can come from the pipes in your walls and floors, or they can spread to these areas from other parts of your home. Obvious signs of water damage in these areas include water stains on walls or ceilings, a floor that is buckled or stained, soft patches in drywall, loose floor tiles, or blistered paint or wallpaper. You might also notice the smell of mold or mildew if you have leaks in your walls.
Basement pipes are another common area for plumbing leaks to occur. Signs of leaks in these areas include rotted wood, mold growth, and corrosion around the pipes. These signs are typically easy to spot in areas with exposed pipes.
If you discover any plumbing leaks in your home, contact Sobieski Services, Inc. for help. We can fix these leaks before they cause damage to your home.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues — especially HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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