Plumbing systems are built to last for decades or longer, but sooner or later, even the most durable system suffers a leak. This is especially true here in Arizona, where hard water is a common problem and can be quite harsh on household plumbing systems. If you own a home, a leak in your plumbing is something you’re eventually going to need to treat.
The problem is that much of the piping in our homes is behind the walls or in the crawlspaces, where a leak can go unnoticed for weeks or even months in some cases. It’s one thing to notice a leak when water is spreading a cross you kitchen floor, but most of them are far more subtle.
The good news is that you can watch for the signs and symptoms of a plumbing leak. They’re fairly easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for, and the results can spare your home a great deal of damage since the leaking water won’t have as much time to spread.
Common signs of a plumbing leak can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Sounds of running water or dripping water, especially in spots where there is no obvious source.
- Soft spots developing along your walls or floor, which will give you a general idea of the leak’s location.
- Mold or similar growth spreading in your home, especially in a spot where there hasn’t been any mold trouble in the past.
- Unexpected spikes in your water bill, especially if you haven;t used your home’s plumbing any more often than usual.
- Hot spots or cold spots on the part of the floor, wall or ceiling where the leak is located. This is caused by temperature changes form hot or cold water coming through.
- Reduced pressure from the faucets and other outlets in your home. Depending on how many are affected, you can get a general idea of where the leak might be.
- Checking the meter. There’s a very easy way to spot a leak if your home if you aren’t sure. Check the meter reading on your home, then wait at least 30 minutes without using a single plumbing outlet in your home. (It’s usually best to run an errand or do something else away from the house.) Then check it again. If the meter has gone up, then you have a leak.
When you spot the signs of a plumbing leak, you should immediately turn off the water to the affected area. If you’re not certain how or there’s no ready way to tell, turn off the main water valve to your home, which will shut off water to the entire plumbing system. (Every family member should know where the main water valve is and how to use it.) Once that happens, you can call in a plumber to repair the leak.
If you need a Surprise, AZ plumber to handle leaks or any other plumbing issue in your home, call The Trusted Plumber right away to get the problem resolved the right way!