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How to Detect & Repair Hidden Plumbing Leaks

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How to Detect and Repair Hidden Plumbing Leaks

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When you suspect a plumbing leak, you’re leaving your home vulnerable to damage, high water bills, and stress.

While the expert Marietta plumbers at Plumbers 4 Real is always here for plumbing help, repairs, and maintenance needs, we also put together a list of how homeowners can detect and repair hidden plumbing leaks to prevent water damage and a full-blown plumbing emergency in Marietta. Read on to get started!

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Your Water Bill Is Unexpectedly Rising

One of the first signs of a plumbing leak are unexplained water bill spikes. If you haven’t recently hosted company or had a reason to consume more water this month, you probably have a leak that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

You Feel Warm Spots on Floors

Do you notice warm spots when you walk over the floor in certain areas of your home? Sometimes it can be due to the way the sun hits your home every morning or because it’s near your heater. The culprit could be a leak in a pipe underneath your floors.

You Notice Mold or Mildew

Mold or mildew growth may not seem like a big deal, but can harm your health and grow into a crisis. Look under your sinks, behind appliances, and on walls and ceilings for persistent damp spots. You may have a leak in the wall or floors.

You Smell Musty Odors

Do you smell something musty in your home? If you smell something off in confined spaces, like your basement, you may have a hidden water accumulation. If not treated promptly, you could end up with dangerous mold and mildew.

Check Your Water Pressure

When your water pressure dips, it could mean there’s utility work in your area. Otherwise, you may have a leak buried somewhere in your plumbing system that needs to be looked at by a professional plumber.

Listen for Running Water

When you hear running water or trickles coming from somewhere in your home, it could indicate a leak. Double check your faucets, drains, and tubs. Otherwise, there’s likely a leak going on inside of your home.

Monitor Your Water Meter

You can check to see if there’s a leak by turning off all of the water fixtures in your home. Go outside and look at your water meter. If it’s still running, there’s most likely a leak in your plumbing system.

Look for Visible Water Damage

Water can also cause visible damage. Stains and discoloration on ceilings, walls, and floor could mean a leak nearby. Peeling or bubbling paint and wallpaper are also indications that you have too much moisture or water damage.

Inspect Your Visible Pipes

Sometimes you can see a leak happening in real time. Check the visible leaks underneath your sinks, crawl spaces, and garage to look for signs of corrosion, moisture, or puddles.

Perform a Dye Test

You can perform an easy dye test at home by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and wait for about 20 minutes without flushing it. If you see color appear in the bowl, you have a leak in your toilet that needs to be fixed.

Call Plumbers 4 Real for Spring Plumbing Help

Whether you’ve found a leak or still aren’t sure what to do, we can get you back on track. Reach out to our 24 hour Marietta plumbers for leak detection experts that can address cracked pipes, corrosion, sewer line problems, and more.

No matter what’s going on, we’ll come up with a plan to fix it and get your plumbing working again as quickly as possible. From leak detection to Marietta plumbing inspections, we’re here to help. Schedule your appointment today! 

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