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A Guide to Detecting Leaks in Your House

As a homeowner, the investment you’ve made in the house is probably the biggest financial commitment of your life for everyone. More importantly, you want a clean, safe, and secure living space for everyone under your roof. Since we know what your home means to you, here are some tips to help you in detecting leaks before the damage goes too far.

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6 Warning Signs of Leaky Pipes

1– Utility Bill Spikes
Spikes in your water/utility bill are one of the first signs of a leak that you should be able to spot. You should be able to notice even a small difference in the size of your water bill, and unless you’ve had company for a few weeks, these spikes almost invariably mean a hidden leak. If your water consumption has remained at normal levels, the size of the spike in your bill will serve as a riddle to the severity of the leak.

2- Low Water Pressure
Sign of trouble, loss of water pressure should coincide with a larger bill amount. There are a number of conditions that can cause low water pressure, and all of them have to do with your plumbing with the exception of your water pump. Check your valves, water pump, and if that doesn’t fix it, start inspecting pipes immediately.

3- Water Damage
Water damage to walls, floors, and effects: Hopefully higher bills and loss of pressure will alert you to your leaking pipe problem before this develops. The smell of wet material or mildew may be your first indicator of this serious threat to your home. One bright side to this problem indicator is that you will have a better idea of where the leak is located. Wet walls and floors are serious warning signs, and should be attended to immediately as they will quickly lead to much bigger problems.

4- Basic Structural Damage
Water damage can weaken your structural elements and make your home more attractive to termites and other pests that cause structural problems. Wood bees, and many other types of pests that can damage load-bearing structures in your home, will be attracted to standing or accumulated water and the conditions it creates.

5- Cave in Pipes
This problem is likely to alert you by knocking sounds and audible running water coming from inside your walls. Many people mistake these sounds for ordinary house sounds. The sound of a building settling usually sounds like a creaky boat- knocking or flushing sounds, on the other hand, should be investigated.

6- Damage to the Yard
Flooded spots around the perimeter of your house are usually a clear sign of leaky pipes. Damage to your yard can be annoying, but it can also help you pinpoint the leak. Moisty soil is especially attractive to pests and should be dealt with quickly… Call Mr.Drain now to get your problem resolved ASAP.

It may be difficult to see the bright side of these issues, but there is at least some reason to appreciate these early warning signs. These precursors to serious damage can help you to avoid major repair work and even dangerous mold and structural damage. Whatever the trouble sign is, you can be sure that professional attention is required. When you spot a sign that a pipe is leaking, that’s your chance to nip it in the bud and have the leak repaired before more expensive and potentially dangerous damage has a chance to develop.

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