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Do I Need Leak Detection:
There are many clues that your home will yell out, telling you that you have a leak somewhere, and are in of an emergency plumbing repair, need to fix a roof, air conditioning problem, or window leak. We have listed out all the common signs to look and/or hear for before calling out a leak detection specialist. The leak detection clues list is not organized in any sort of level of importance but merely a guide to getting you closer to the source.
1. High Water Bill —
If your water bill is abnormally high then this is a common sign or a leak. From our experience a sudden spike in a water bill usually means its an exterior leak, while a more gradual increase is synonymous of an interior leak.
2. Water Meter Spins —
If you are not running any water in your home (i.e. dishwasher, faucet, laundry, etc…) and your water meter is still spinning then you have a leak in between the meter, and your home or homes foundation.
3. Sound —
With all the plumbing fixtures turned off you should not be able to hear any water running. A lot of times when you have a slab leak water is exiting the pipe with such force that it is causing the pipe to vibrate. These vibrations will usually travel the length of the plumbing system, and be loudest in the nearest bathroom, kitchen, or laundry area, but that doesn't mean it is right where you hear the loudest sound.
4. Hot Floors —
If you think that your floors are abnormally warm then you could have a slab leak. The floors are warm because the hot water line coming from you hot water heater is traveling beneath the flooring, and as hot water is escaping its heat is being absorbed by the concrete foundation.
5. Discoloration on Ceiling —
There can be several causes for a discoloration on a ceiling and the first thing you have to address is if that ceiling is under a roof, or is it under a second floor?
- a. Under a roof — If there is what appears to be water staining under a roof then it is most likely a roof leak, but to confirm that you would just need to get up into the attic to visually see any staining in the wood below the roofing tiles or shingles, etc… If you don't have access or enough room in the attic you can always perform a water test on the roof and see if you can recreate the leak. Another cause could be condensation dripping from the air ducts and onto the ceiling. One thing to also be aware of, is that sometimes you may have plumbing or an air conditioning unit that is in your attic, and if this is the case you would also want to be suspect of these items.
- b. Under a Second Floor — If the staining is under a second floor then it is either and air handler leak, duct, or plumbing leak. It should be directly underneath the bathroom or the air handler, and if it’s not, then it is most likely water condensation from the air ducts traveling in between the floors.
6. Discoloration on Walls, Adjacent to Exterior —
This is usually a result of many things but what we most commonly find is a window leaking, crack in the exterior stucco, or from the holes drilled into the home to install hurricane shutters.
7. Discoloration, Adjacent to Bathroom —
If the discoloration is appearing on the wall adjacent to a bathroom or kitchen then it is most likely one of the pipe fittings inside the wall cavity, or a shower pan leak.
8. Swelling Under the Bottom Cabinets —
If you see the bottom of cabinetry starting to swell it means that water is absorbing into the material, that typically will be from a leaking pipe fitting behind the cabinetry, or the plumbing drain line that runs into the wall.
9. Swelling Laminate Floor —
If your laminate floors seem to be swelling along the edges where the individual planks meet then there is water underneath them. This can be from any plumbing, air conditioning, or water deterrent system leaking. What we see a lot of times in these cases is that the foundation itself may have a high moisture content, and if the flooring does not have enough of a vapor barrier the moisture inside the concrete gets soaked into the laminate.
10. Musty Odors —
Mildew smells are typically associated with water. The musty smell can either be from mold, mildew, or bacteria growing. Mold, mildew & bacteria all need a water source, so if you come into contact with a musty odor then you most likely have a leak.
11. Mold or Mildew —
Mold and mildew are like any living growing plant; they need water to develop, so if you visually see any mold or mildew then you have a leak, or an abnormally high humidity level in the area of growth.
12. Saturated Ground Around Home —
If you are noticing an area around your home that is constantly saturated or the soil seems to be eroding, then you most likely have a leak in either your plumbing or irrigation system.
We hope that these clues help in giving you more answers as to what your home is telling you. If you have any questions, please don’t be shy, and give us a call.
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