A leaky pipe in your home or business can cause big headaches if not properly fixed. Sometimes these leaks are as obvious as hearing or seeing running water. As a company, we come in for the other times when a leak is hidden or underground. As a diligent property owner, you can pay attention to the signs that you may have a leaky pipe.
Signs you may have a leaking pipe.
- Low water pressure: There are several culprits behind low water pressure. Typically we can see this issue arise from clogs and or sediment build up that constricts the amount of water that can flow through your interior piping system. If you have tried over the counter drain cleaners or had a plumber come out to no avail, you may have a leaking or damaged pipe.
- Water damage in home: Wet or discolored spots on your ceiling, floor or walls, could be a sign of a leaking pipe. If left untreated it could cause mold or mildew to grow behind your walls which poses health risks and cause damage to a home’s foundation. If you notice these warnings signs it is in your best interest to call a local leak location company right away.
- Water won’t stay hot: When you turn on your hot water for the first time in a day and it only stays hot for a few minutes, this could be a sign of a leak in your water heater. We recommend checking the base of your water heater to see if a liquid is gathering. Not only is a lack of hot water an inconvenience, it can be a sign of a larger plumbing issue.
- Slow drainage: In extreme cases, slow draining could be caused by a broken pipe causing a pool of water in the main drain, which can lead to permanent damage to your house and foundation. In less severe cases, slow drainage could also be caused by a clog. It is time to call a professional if you notice these problems keep persisting as your piping system might be compromised and ready for replacement.
- Odd smell: If you clean your bathroom on a regular basis and it still has a musty or rotten egg smell, this could be a sign that you have a busted or leaking pipe. Leaking pipes behind walls can cause mold or water damage as stated above on sign number 2, which may be the reason for the smell. When we cannot see a leak our sense of smell comes in handy. If you are concerned about a water or sewage leak call a leak detection specialist as soon as possible.
- High water bills: If you have a higher than normal water bill and don’t recall any changes in your water usage, this could be a sign you have a leak in your pipes. A leak in your pipes can cause a continual drip which adds to your water usage. Even slow dripping is an issue that will add to your water bill and potentially cause major damage.
And there you have it. A leaky pipe is usually not something we think of regularly. Water, sewage, air or gas leaks always seem to come at the most inconvenient times. We recommend taking extra care when the seasons are changing as these temperature fluctuations will cause extra strain on your plumbing. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. If you live along The Wasatch Front and would like to schedule an appointment, please call our main office at (801) 613-0969 to speak with a representative.