Your pipes run behind your walls and under your floors, and so long as they are working properly, you likely never think of them. But as your pipes age, they can break down, and water can stream throughout your home, causing all kinds of damage. The pipes may corrode and develop pinhole leaks or more. Mineral buildup and other issues can also cause unhealthy pressure in your pipes, which can cause them to burst or to come loose from their connectors – again, dumping water into your home.
Sometimes, a leak is immediately obvious. You could have water flowing onto your floors or spraying out of your sink. However, when your pipes run behind walls and in other out-of-sight places, a leak can go on for weeks or longer without you ever realizing it. All the while, extensive damage is spreading throughout your home.
The Dangers of Hidden Leaks
Whether you have a slow leak or a major leak that is spreading more quickly, one of the first things that can happen is mold and mildew can form. The consistently wet conditions and the darkness behind the walls create the ideal environment for mold and mildew to thrive. Once mold and mildew set in, not only are they hard to remove, but they also create unsafe conditions for you and your family. The spores can cause respiratory problems, trigger your allergies, or cause sickness.
Even if you don’t get mold, you could have other serious problems with a hidden leak. Consistent exposure to water can make wood, drywall, flooring, and other materials begin to soften, to sag, to rot, or to otherwise break down. Depending on where the leak occurs, you could fall through the floor as you’re walking, could have a piece of ceiling fall on you, or could even experience major structural collapse if a supporting beam is affected.
The longer a leak is allowed to go on, the worse the damage will be. You need to call in a repiping plumber in San Diego as soon as you suspect that there may be a leak.
The Signs of a Hidden Leak
Fortunately, “hidden” leaks don’t stay hidden for long. They may occur in places that you wouldn’t notice right away, but they still leave signs if you are paying attention.
To start with, you are going to have higher water bills if you have a leak. You’ll have water running behind your walls without realizing it, and that will send up your water usage. You’ll have higher bills, but you won’t be able to explain why.
You may notice things like peeling or bubbling paint or wallpaper if you have a leak behind your walls, or your walls may begin to warp. Since the leak is likely to fall to the floor, you may also notice buckled floors or other damage to your floors.
Look for staining on your walls and floors also, such as yellow or light brown spots. These will be from the water behind the walls or from the mold forming there. Also pay close attention if you smell something strange, especially if it’s a musty odor.
Contact a Mission Viejo repiping plumber as soon as you notice any of these signs. The sooner a plumber can get to the source of the problem, the better. You may be able to make a simple repipe repair and then begin the process of repairing the damages the leak has caused. However, you may find that there is a more extensive problem with your plumbing and you need to consider more exhaustive measures to prevent the same kind of problem from happening again and to keep you from paying dearly in home repairs.
The repiping plumbers at Integrity Repipe can inspect your system to determine if you have a leak and what might have caused it. A loose connection or a malfunctioning valve can easily be replaced. But if your system is aging out and corroding, you may need to consider whole house repiping. Our plumbers specialize in PEX piping, which is a corrosion-resistant material that will last your whole lifetime and give you consistently superior results. PEX piping can be installed in just about any type of home, and it can save you significantly on installation and on lower maintenance and repair costs over the years. Call us in California today to talk to a repiping plumber about your needs.
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