Leaks tend to spring up at the least convenient time. When they pop up seemingly out of nowhere, it is always too late because it went too long before detected. Knowing what to look for, how to look for it, and understanding small and more significant water leaks is key to avoiding what seems unavoidable.
Outrunning Rust and Corrosion
Rust around any pipe or duct system is an instant sign of corrosion. However, many do not seek out the maintenance until the pipe begins to leak or bursts entirely.
Neglect, dangerous chemicals, and aging are all causes for the material pipes are made of to begin decaying. Calling a professionally trained leak detector is best practice.
Pipeline corrosion eats at the metal of pipes until they collapse.
Aging Pipes Leads to Leaks
Homeowners typically know that pipes can last up to twenty years, depending on the material. But, asking what metal or other material makes up a pipeline goes unasked.
Other questions to ask to avoid an aged collapse of pipes:
- When were the water pipes installed?
- When was the last update to the pipeline system?
- Are the water pipes near trees?
Tree roots grow up and around underground pipes and put undue pressure on them, too.
More Than Water
More than water runs through water pipes. Tiny particles of different chemicals and materials eat away at the material. Mineral deposits create the most minuscule of leaks that damage walls and floors before detected. The limescale build up is one of the most damaging leakage issues because it goes unseen.
Regular maintenance checks keep the potential for damage to a minimum. No one wants to wake up to destroyed floorboards or walls that are weeping. Leak locators are the best way to ensure pipes remain clean and unclogged and potentially installing a home water softener.
The water quality is not only better to bathe and drink, but also does not deposit unwanted minerals against innards of water pipes.
Pondering Water Pressure
Turning the water on does not mean a trickle or a waterfall is a good outcome. Water pressure is an issue that rises. High water pressure weakens pipes, produces early aging problems, and causes unseen damage.
Hose bibb gauges and pressure reducing valves are instant helping tools. However, it is likely best to have a professional take a look and ensure the installation is correct.
Tell-Tale Signs of Water Leaks
Most homeowners keep tabs on visuals and feel of their home. Even if the foundation changes, it is noticeable. But, sometimes other signs pop up and require attention before it becomes a more significant issue. Leak detection is essential and using a professional means, it is found quickly and repaired correctly.
- Tinkling water is audible, but there is no source turned on
- Ominous odors coming from floorboards or near drains
- Warm spots on the floor, especially concrete slabs – both outside and inside leaks detected by a touch
- Water meter changes drastically when no change in water usage has taken place
- Water bill drastically changes in the amount compared to other months with no change in water usage
- Foundation cracks, driveway cracks, weakened floorboards, or rusting ducts and vents
- Faucets drip or leak continuously
- Walls, floors, or other surfaces are wet and spongy, or discolored when nothing was spilled
Other Causes Of Leaks
- Temperature changes will cause foundations to shift around water pipes. But, extreme climate changes will also cause the pipes themselves to burst or crack. Professional insulation prepares pipes of all materials for weather changes.
- Clogs are annoying. Clogs are also destructible. Children’s toys, hairballs, food build up, and grease causes damage to pipes. Eventually, the weakened state will cause a water leak or burst that will destroy more than water pipes. Trained experts track down leaks and potential destruction before an entire floor requires a replacement.
- The most dreaded leak is a slab leak. Homeowners need to be aware of cracks or weakening in the foundation to avoid total obliteration. Leak locators have equipment and training to avoid the scariest leak of them all.
In the end, some leaks are easy, and others are hard to detect without help. The best practice to save money and energy is hiring a leak locator to track and prepare water leaks properly. The sooner it is taken care of, the better.