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Ways to Know That You Have a Hidden Plumbing Leak

One of the important services that we provide for homeowners is leak detection. Since much of the plumbing in a house remains hidden from site in ceilings and walls, it’s difficult to even know that leaks are occurring, much less where the offending pipes are located.

However, this leads to an obvious question: if you don’t know that leaks are happening, how will you know you need professionals leak detection?

There are a number of signs, some of which are subtle, that will warn you that there are pipes leaking somewhere in your house. If you notice one or more of these leak indications, contact our plumbers. They’ll handle finding the leak and then how to fix it.

  • High water bills: You should keep a tab on your water usage for each month. It shouldn’t vary significantly unless you have guests staying for an extended period. If you notice a significant uptick in your water bills and you can’t account for it, it probably means that you have a leak. Check the readings on your water meter, and then stop using water for an hour. If the water meter readings have gone up after this time, then you have a leak somewhere.
  • Strange behavior from the water heater: Leaks often occur in the hot water lines. When this happens, the drain on hot water will cause the water heater to start to turn on at unexpected times, such as more than an hour after any use of hot water.
  • Discoloration on the walls: If you see spots of discoloration on the interior walls of your house, or bumps under the wallpaper, it often means water seepage from leaks.
  • Uneven flooring: Do your floorboards seem warped? This may occur because of leaking pipes down in the floor.

Sweetwater Plumbing offers excellent leak detection services to Riverside and throughout Southern California. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

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