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Common Plumbing Leaks and How to Detect Them

Common-Plumbing-LeaksIs your home in need of plumbing repairs? Perhaps it is, but you don’t even realize it. That’s why it’s a good idea to know the signs of a leak so you can detect a potentially disastrous problem like this right away. Fortunately, if you do have an emergency, you can count on our team for superior emergency plumbing services in Cedar Falls, IA. But, we understand that you’d like to avoid a scenario like this altogether!

Leaks Are Not Always Obvious

In fact, they rarely are. But if left unattended, they can result in significant water damage throughout your home. Leakage can occur in your walls and even beneath your floorboards or concrete slab with you none the wiser. This is why it’s vital that you know the signs that you might have a leak, and likely need plumbing repairs.

Are Your Water Bills Rising for No Reason?

Let’s say you’ve seen a sudden spike in your water bills. Although these will naturally fluctuate from month to month, you should never see a sudden increase. This is a sign that you have a leak that has gone unnoticed. The best thing to do in this scenario is to call our professional plumbers in order to find the source of your high bills.

Check Your Water Meter

Go around your home and turn off all you water tabs. Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are off too. Now go watch your water meter. Is it still running? Then this means that water is still running somewhere within your plumbing system—likely in the form of a leak.

Water on the Floor

This may seem like an obvious sign of a leak, but still, some people brush it off. You may think that it was a small spill, particularly if you have young children in your home. Or maybe you pass it off as your family pet dripping on the floor after they’ve had a drink. Check to be sure either of these are the cause, because if they aren’t, then this is definitely the sign of a leak.

Warm Spots on Your Floor

This is a very common sign of a slab leak, and another symptom that often gets blamed on the family pet—they like to lay on that area of the floor, so that’s why it’s warm, right? Causation does not equal correlation—in fact, your pet may be laying there because the floor is warm. And it may be warm because there is water that’s coming from your water heater to the hot water tab that is leaking from your pipes.

Decreased Water Pressure

This is probably one of the most common signs of a leak within your plumbing system. Do be sure to first check to see if this is a whole-house issue or if it’s just from one or two tabs (which could be the sign of a small clog). Also, if it is a whole-house problem, contact your municipal water supply organization to ensure it’s not a city-wide issue. In the absence of both of these problems, the best thing to do is call our professional plumbers, as you very likely have a leak.

Your comfort is our promise. Contact Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. today for quality plumbing services.

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