The Importance Of Early Plumbing Leak Inspections
Plumbing is run through your house where it won’t be seen. It goes behind your walls, under your floorboards, and sometimes even through your concrete foundation slab. If you have trouble with your plumbing, it’s not going to be easy to get at those pipes. Sometimes, the drywall has to be sawn through and the slab broken open.
If you suspect you have a leak, you may be hesitant to put your home through such damage unless you’re absolutely sure. But putting off taking action can cause water damage to spread throughout your home if there is a leak. The best thing you can do is call a repiping plumber to inspect your home and make whatever repipe repair is necessary if a leak is found.
Leak Signs You May Notice In Your Plumbing
There are several signs you might notice indicating that there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing. Some common examples include:
- Higher water bill that cannot be explained by other causes
- Changes in your water meter that cannot be explained by other causes
- Visible mold or mildew in your home
- A musty odor indicating the presence of mold or mildew
- A dripping sound behind your walls
Any of these signs may indicate that you have a plumbing leak, though none are conclusive proof. If you notice these or other signs that you think may indicate a leak, you should call a repiping plumber for a closer inspection immediately. Even a small leak can cause considerable damage if it is allowed to continue. The sooner you can fix the leak, the more money you will be able to save on eventual home repairs.
Tests A Plumber May Perform
The plumber won’t need to start cutting through drywall and searching for signs of a leak. The professionals have much more sophisticated methods for finding the source of the trouble – methods that will not damage your home.
The most effective method that plumbers use to find hidden leaks in your home is to use a tool that detects helium or hydrogen. Your plumbing system is pressurized with one of these gasses, and if you have a plumbing leak, there are going to be pockets of these gasses around your home. The plumber will use a tool that detects hydrogen or helium in areas of your home where your plumbing is routed, such as under your asphalt driveway, under your concrete slab, under your floors, or in your walls.
It is only when your plumber finds sources of this gas that any cuts will be made in your drywall or concrete. That ensures that only the area of your home where the leak is detected will be disrupted. The plumber will have to cut through materials to access those pipes, but once the repipe repair is made, the concrete can be patched or the drywall replaced. You shouldn’t be able to tell that there was ever any damage.
Though repairing the leak can cause some disruption, the damage will be far less than the damage than an unchecked leak can cause. If you suspect that you have a leak anywhere in your home, you should act quickly and decisively. Always call a repiping plumber to inspect for leaks. A repiping plumber will not only make the needed repair, but will also inspect your system to ensure that there are no underlying factors contributing to the problem. You may have a leak because there is corrosion in your aging system or because sediment buildup is putting too much pressure on your pipes. A repiping plumber will ensure that all of these issues are addressed so that your plumbing is strong and healthy for long-term performance.
Contact Professional Repipers For A Leak Inspection In California
Call Integrity Repipe in California if you suspect that your home has a hidden leak. We’ll use non-invasive methods to find any leaks that may be present, and then we’ll inspect your system to find out what is causing the leak. We’ll make comprehensive recommendations to address any systemic problems, whether it be spot repipe repair or widespread repiping. Our goal is to ensure that your plumbing system is reliable and long-lasting so that you can avoid damage to your home and minimize future repairs. Call us today to schedule a consultation or inspection.
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