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Spotting Water Leaks in Your Home

Chances are that if you ask the average homeowner to name a problem that they may encounter with their plumbing system, they are going to say “a water leak”. There is good reason for this, as the water leak is certainly among the most common of all plumbing problems. Unfortunately, the fact that water leaks are so common does not necessarily mean that they are always easy to spot. That can lead to issues with water damage.

Today, we are going to talk about some of the warning signs that can tip you off to a water leak in your plumbing system. If you notice any of them in your home, we recommend that you contact us immediately. You can count on our plumbers to take exceptional care of your plumbing in Houston, TX. If you suspect a leak, we’re the pros that you can count on to pinpoint its location before resolving the problem entirely.

Don’t Just Look, Listen!

Oftentimes, the major indicator of a leak that alerts homeowners to the issue is not something that they can see. It is something that they can hear. That sound? Running water, when there is none in use! No, it’s not a plumbing phantom of some kind. It is instead the sound of a leak that is hidden from view, but not from your ears.

It doesn’t have to sound like a rushing river to raise the alarm, either. Remember, even a trickle of water can gouge a grand canyon, given the time. Is that an impossibly gigantic scale to apply to a plumbing leak? Well, maybe, but the fact is that even a “little” water can do a lot of damage to your home if you give it the time.

But Remember to Look, too!

Yes, you may hear your water leak before you actually see it or, in the case of a slab leak, you may never see it until serious symptoms develop. However, there is a lot to be said for plain old visual evidence. And in the case of water leaks, there is often a lot of that to be had.

Unfortunately, the visual evidence can be confounding at times. In some instances, the signs of water damage may show up quite far from where the leak actually is, since water will travel along pipes downhill. You may also have damage or even mold growth that, while visible, is simply not in an area you’re likely to be looking. That is why any signs of trouble really need to be reported immediately.

Also, Look at Your Bills!

Areas around your home exhibiting signs of wood rot or mold growth are not the only places that you should be looking for warning signs of plumbing leaks. You should also be looking at your water bills. If those bills are creeping higher than usual despite the fact that you’re not using water any differently in your home, then you may have a leak somewhere that is wasting water that you’ve already paid for.

Schedule your plumbing services with the pros at Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling.