Plumbing Help: Leaking Pipes
Homeowners like to keep on top of any maintenance problems – and understandably so.
You have a lot invested in your home, and you want it to last. In Mesa, or anywhere else in Arizona for that matter, plumbing is one of the top maintenance concerns for homeowners. Leaking pipes can lead to a catastrophe that causes serious damage.
A single leaking pipe can escalate quickly to a serious plumbing problem. It doesn’t bear thinking about when you consider how much time and money is invested in a home. Water leaking into your property can destroy framing, ceilings, walls and personal possessions. What’s the biggest problem with leaking pipes? They aren’t always easy to detect.
There are plumbing issues you can’t miss. If your toilet is clogged, you will know about it when you use the bathroom. The same goes for the garbage disposal – the clog is obvious by the water backing up into the sink. These are isolated instances that are visible in your home. Pipes, on the other hand, are usually out of sight or completely hidden away under floors, behind walls or in ceilings.
Although it is hard to identify leaks by simply looking for them, there are telltale signs there is a problem. The following information will provide you with the basic knowledge you need to determine if there are pipes leaking in your home.
Never ignore your water bills – even if you are used to seeing them coming in at a consistent amount. The humble water bill could save you a significant amount of money if you see your monthly costs have shot through the roof. If there is an increase in what you are paying, it could indicate there are one or more leaking pipes.
Your water bill will obviously increase in the summer months when the seasonal heat wave hits Arizona. To discount the season as the reason for the significant increase; compare your newest water bill to one from a previous year. If there is a large gap between the two bills, you may have leaking pipes on your hands.
If your water meter is constantly ticking regardless of when water is being used, it is the second potential sign of a pipe leaking. You can also use your water meter to perform an experiment to determine whether there is water leaking somewhere. Take note of your meter reading and then turn off any water supply to appliances in your home. Leave it for an hour or two without using water and then check the meter again. If the reading has increased, it could mean there is water leaking from pipes.
Some water meters have a leak indicator that will move when there is water leaking. However, the fact the indicator isn’t moving doesn’t mean you don’t have a leak. You also have to consider whether your meter is working correctly or if it is behaving in an unusual way. Mason Mechanical can provide assistance if you think there is a problem.
Mold & Mildew
Damp spots can form on floors or above ceilings when pipes are leaking. Mold loves damp, so if you smell a musty odor anywhere in your home, it could indicate the presence of mold and a leaky pipe. The smell of mold will not go away when you clean your home, so it is important to hire the services of Mason Mechanical right away if you suspect you have hidden mold in your home as the result of a leaking pipe.
Mildew and mold are closely related, and where you find one you will usually find the other. One of the differences between the two is that mold is black or green and mildew is grey or white. Both mildew and mold have been linked to human health problems, making it even more important to have the pipes in your home checked by a plumber.
There are a number of reasons cracks may appear in a property’s structures. Cracks in foundations, walls, and ceilings may be due to your home settling and the shifting of soil. However, these cracks need to be investigated, as leaking pipes could also be the culprit.
Water getting into foundations from a leaking pipe can weaken the structure and compromise the integrity of your home. This is not an issue you want to ignore, as it can result in significant repair costs the longer the source of the problem is left unresolved.
Wet spots are the indication that is easiest to notice that there are leaking pipes in your home. Look around toilets, sinks, baths and other appliances that use pipes, to identify wet spots. When these appliances are not in use and you have cleaned residual spills, there shouldn’t be any water pooling on floors when you come back an hour later.
If you would like an inspection, to investigate your home for burst pipes, Mason Mechanical is on hand to provide excellence in plumbing services. Call or fill out our online form today to book an appointment at your home.