Plumbing pipes in your home can often develop relatively small leaks, often due to cracked or corroded sections of pipe, or weakness in the joints that connect sections of plumbing pipes together. Water pipe leaks can often go undetected for a while, as most household pipes are well concealed behind walls, beneath floors, and above ceilings. Homeowners often notice something is wrong when water bills spike mysteriously, or wet spots and mold growth appear in certain areas. If you suspect a hidden plumbing leak in your home, professional water leak detection and plumbing leak repair can find and resolve the issue for you. To find out more, call us today at Degrace Plumbing for same-day plumbing repair service from one of our experienced residential plumbing contractors.
Professional Water Leak Detection
Professional plumbing leak repair often starts with leak detection. Unless the leak is in an exposed basement or utility room pipe, in which case the location is often obvious, the leaking pipe is probably concealed and hidden from view. One of the biggest clues for leak detection is discoloration and staining from moisture. Rounded but irregular areas of discoloration on a ceiling or wall can often indicate that a pipe above or behind it is dripping water. This can damage wallpaper, paint, and drywall. These moist, discolored areas are also a prime location for mold growth, which often comes back repeatedly after the area is sanitized. Professional plumbers know which signs to look for to pinpoint the location of a leaking pipe, which may need to be accessed through the wall for plumbing leak repairs. In some cases, a water leak can also originate from another place, like a water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine. Steam boiler pipes can also develop leaks.
Plumbing Leak Repair
After the location of a leaking pipe has been determined, the next step is the actual plumbing leak repair. It’s important to get plumbing pipe leaks fixed as soon as possible, because even small amounts of water leakage can cause significant damage over time. Mold and mildew growth is a major concern, since the spores released into the air supply can aggravate allergies and cause illness. The water itself will also damage surrounding areas, potentially leading to costly home repairs. Plumbing leak repair can often involve replacing cracked or broken sections of pipes, responsible for the release of water.
Larger water leaks also require immediate attention, preferably same-day emergency plumbing leak repair service. Burst pipes, which are immediately noticeable and release large amounts of water, can occur due to abnormalities in the water pressure inside the pipes. They’re also a notable risk during the winter, as pipes can easily freeze. It’s a good idea to turn off water mains if you’re out of town during the winter, leave faucets dripping at night, and other precautions to prevent frozen pipes.
To find out more about leak detection and plumbing leak repair, or to have a plumber fix a leak for you today, call us at Degrace Plumbing, at 201-786-2538.