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How to Spot a Hidden Plumbing Leak

spot-hidden-plumbing-leakPlumbing leaks are among the most common problems that homeowners face in our area. Pipes are certainly designed to last a long time. However, age and pressure eventually take their toll, and as a result you never know when a leak will spring up. Trained and experienced professionals can perform professional water leak detection in Arvada, CO, and correct the problem quickly in most cases.

As such, it’s imperative that you let someone with the proper licensing and experience handle an issue of this kind. It’s understandable, though, that you’d like to know if there’s a problem to be dealt with before investing in professional plumbing services, which can be difficult in many cases.

It Can Take Weeks to Discover a Leak

For the average homeowner, it can take weeks and maybe even months before you spot a leak. This is because your plumbing system is pretty large and extensive, with pipes running throughout your entire property. Many of these pipes are hidden in the crawlspaces of your walls or even under your floorboards.

This presents a number of problems. Dripping or running water can create a huge amount of damage to surrounding components, first off, such as drywall, flooring, and electrical wiring. And since it’s hidden, the damage can become quite extensive by the time you actually see water. Plus, this wasted water also means you’re wasting money paying for water that isn’t getting used.

Okay, So How Do I Spot a Leak?

While it will take professional leak detection services to pinpoint the exact cause of a leak and repair it, there are some things you can watch out for. These signs include:

  • Strange Noises: This includes anything out of the ordinary—for example, the sound of running water or dripping water from behind a wall should alarm you, particularly if you’ve never detected this noise from that particular location in your household before.
  • Soft Spots in Drywall: Over time, moisture from leaking pipes can damage in nearby drywall, resulting in soft spots in your walls or floor.
  • Decreased Water Pressure: A leak can often reduce the flow of water from impacted outlets, causing your water to emerge in a trickle.
  • Mold or Mildew Development: Even in cases where leaking water doesn’t damage your home directly, it can still encourage the growth of mold or mildew. A must smell might accompany this issue, alerting you to the problem even if you don’t see the mold right away.
  • Discoloration: A leak can lead to discolored paint on the walls that the leak is behind, or on the flooring that the leak is beneath.
  • Cracked Cement: If a leaky pipe runs under a cement porch or any type of cement flooring, you may eventually see cracks developing in the surface due to the disruption to the foundation.

The moment you notice any of the above-mentioned signs, be sure to turn off the water to impacted portion of plumbing (you may need to turn off your main shut-off valve if you’re unsure of where the leak is), and contact our trained plumbers to get the situation handled right away.

For whatever your plumbing service needs may be, contact Aurora Plumbing Company!

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