You Should Immediately Fix Water Leaks
Reasons you need to quickly repair a water leak:
- Flooring Damage – Gravity pulls water to the floor, causing it to trap under floor boards, tiles, slabs, and more. If left unaddressed, it can cause foundations to crack, mildew growth, and more.
- Wall Damage – Much of a home’s plumbing is set behind the walls. When a pipe breaks or has a leak, it can seep through the drywall, causing the structure to weaken or collapse.
- Mildew Issues – Mildew thrives in moist atmospheres. Pooling water in your walls or floors can promote such growth, jeopardizing your health.
- Wasted Water – It is environmentally negligent to leave leaks unrepaired. Not only does it hurt the earth, but it increases your water bill, which is money down the drain.
The most obvious household plumbing leaks include dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. Unfortunately, other types of household leaks hidden underground, behind walls or beneath floors can go undetected for years. When it comes to water leak repair, the best course of action is to call in a professional plumber. A plumber can identify the source of the leak, recommend a plan of action, and inspect for any other household leaks or water damage caused by the leak.
If you notice cracks in your foundation, random wet spots around your home, or other signs of leaking pipes, call (502) 324-1257. Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers customized repair services for all your home plumbing needs. We also provide emergency 24/7/365 water leak services to locate and repair every type of leak such as water pouring into your basement from a broken water line or cracked water heater in an emergency.
Signs You May Have a Water Leak
- Increase In Your Water Bill. Our first recommendation is to keep track of your water bills. If you see a significant increase on your bill, it may be due to a leak somewhere in your home. To make sure the spike isn’t due to a seasonal change, compare your water bills from the same month from the previous year to see if it’s spiked.
- Water Meter Continuously Ticking. If your water meter is continuously ticking despite water being used in your home at the time, this may be a sign of a leak.
- Mold & Mildew. Leaks often cause damp spots, which can be found on the floor or above in the ceiling. These damp spots often cause mold, which gives off a musty odor. If you find that you have a musty smell around the home, regardless of how often you clean your home, you may have a leaking pipe.
- Foundation Cracks. It’s common to find cracks in your home — after so many years, your house begins to settle. However, if you begin to notice foundation cracks suddenly occurring in your home it may be due to a leak. The water that constantly seeps out of your pipes can weaken foundations and structural components, which can cause cracks in the foundation or walls of your home.
- Wet Spots. Visually inspect the area near sinks, tubs, and toilets. If you see wet spots or discolored area in the flooring, this may be caused by a leaking pipe.
The Three Different Types of Water Leaks
Assess what type of water leak you have. There are usually three different circumstances you’ll find yourself in.
Issue #1: You have a non-damaging leak, but it’s costly.
These types of leaks, while inconvenient, do not cause much significant damage to your home. Instead of costing you damage to your home, they will most likely cost you more time, energy, and money to resolve. Consider the last time you saw a sprinkler spouting straight up into the air as opposed to watering the grass or the last time you went into your bathroom to hear the toilet running even though it hadn’t been used recently.
Solution: Shut down different water sources one at a time to try and identify the source of the leak. If you don’t have any luck with this, you may need to hire a plumber to perform a leak inspection.
Issue #2: You have a leak causing minimal damage right now, but has the potential to worsen over time.
Minimal damage leaks may not look like a huge issue at first, but if left unattended to, will result in more significant damage in the future. These leaks often go unnoticed, such as a leak in your wall, a leak in a faucet or shower, or a drip from an appliance. Occasionally, these leaks occur in more dangerous areas of your home, such as in a boiler or a hot water heater.
Solution: You should turn off the water to your home and then clean up the mess. Once finished, you need to fix the leak. If it’s something that can’t be done on your own, you’ll need to call a plumber to fix the problem before turning the water back on.
Issue #3: You have a leak causing significant damage (your home is being destroyed) – you need to act right now.
Hopefully, a leak in your home never falls into this category, as these leaks can cause a great deal of harm upon your home. Significant damage leaks are fairly easy to identify, as your home is most likely being flooded with water. Leaks such as burst and frozen pipes have the potential to result in this type of leak that requires immediate attention.
Solution: You need to turn off the water to your home and document the damage. Call your insurance company and then identify the source of damage. In most cases you’ll need to call a plumber to fix the issue that caused the leak.