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Ask a Plumber: How Do I Spot Plumbing Leaks?

woman-calling-plumberThe leak: archnemesis of plumbing systems everywhere. What is it about the leak that makes it such a vicious antagonist? Well, there are a lot of reasons. First of all, even those leaks masquerading as “minor,” including dripping faucets, can waste a huge amount of water over time. They trick you into thinking they’re no big deal, and then the costs of wasted water start to add up.

Bigger leaks can waste a lot of water while doing extensive damage to your property, and those leaks that develop in walls or beneath floors/above ceilings—which is actually most of them—can do so without you even noticing for a considerable stretch of time. Because so much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and because leaks really can develop anywhere, it is vital that you learn to spot them. Once you do, you’ll want to schedule professional plumbing repairs with a qualified plumber in Tucson, AZ as soon as possible.

Keep an Eye on Your Water Bill

Okay, so spotting water leaks as soon as possible should be a top priority. Where do you start looking? The water bill. Remember that, in many cases, a leak can exist for quite a while before being discovered. This doesn’t mean that it is not causing problems while it goes undetected, though. Even if your ceiling is not caving in, the dampness created by even “minor” leaks can lead to issues with biological pollutants, mold growth, etc. If you start to suspect that your high water bill isn’t actually matching your water usage, consider giving us a call to discuss our leak detection services. That will allow us to pinpoint the source of your leak or, even better, to rule it out as a possibility.

Keep Your Ears Open, Too

Everyone’s always saying to keep an eye out, but we say you should get your other senses involved, too! Running water makes a sound, whether it’s a bubbling brook or just water passing through a pipe. If you can hear water running through your system even though no appliances are running, the toilet is not filling its tank, and no one is using the water, then you may be hearing the result of a leak. Again, pinpointing the source of this leak before it is identifiable by the damage it’s done is definitely in your best interest, so give us a call when your ears tip you off to potential trouble.

You May Even Notice Odors

Does your house smell musty? If so, it could be due to damp conditions that you may not be able to see. Remember, a major concern with water leaks is the potential for biological pollutants to thrive, not just the physical damage that can result from water exposure. If you smell a mildew odor in your home—especially in as dry a climate as ours—it could well be a water leak, particularly if it is accompanied by any other of the symptoms that we’ve discovered. Contact us with any concerns that you have.

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