Hidden leaks in homes are an immense source of wasted water. Not only do these leaks raise water bills, they also lead to damage to walls and building materials and the growth of mold and mildew. These are expensive problems to fix and remediate! But if you catch the leaks early enough, you can have a plumber in Chino, CA out to locate them and have them repaired before the situation worsens.
This, of course, leads to the question, “How can I tell I have hidden leaks when they’re, well, hidden?” We have some answers to help you know when it’s time to call our plumbers.
The Signs You May Have Hidden Leaks
Water spots and signs of discoloration on walls and ceilings
Rusty, brownish discoloration on drywall is a warning sign that water is collecting behind it. This is often noticeable on the ceiling beneath a bathroom. Never ignore these water spots, since they indicate that water damage is already occurring. In the case of leaks coming through the ceiling from a bathroom, there’s a risk of structural collapse if the problem isn’t dealt with.
Water usage is higher than it should be
When you look at your utility bills, does the water usage amount seem abnormally high? Compare it to older bills to see if usage has increased. If you can’t account for this increase (guests, new fixtures), then you’re probably losing water to leaks. Even small pinhole leaks can add up to a few hundred gallons a year.
The water heater turns on and off at odd times
The majority of leaks in plumbing occur in hot water lines because they expand and contract due to the heat. When hot water lines leak, it will cause the water heater to turn on regularly to heat up more water—even when there is no demand for hot water. You may have a problem with the water heater, but hidden leaks are a strong possibility.
Leaks under the floor will often cause wooden floorboards to warp. You might notice this as lumps under the carpet, or doors that no longer close smoothly because the floor has become uneven.
The water meter test
If the above signs have made you suspect hidden leaks, there’s a way to double-check. Go to the water meter and write down the number on it. Then shut off all water-using appliances in the home and don’t use any water for an hour. Look at the meter again. Has the number risen? Then you’ve got leaks somewhere.
Let Professionals Handle Leak Detection
Leak detection is one of the most important services that our plumbers provide. They can find leaks behind walls and in floorboards. They can also find leaks buried down in the foundation slab of your house (slab leaks). Our plumbers use the finest detection equipment to narrow down the leak locations so they can take care of any repairs quick and with minimal disruption to your house.
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