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What You Need to Know About Leaks in the Plumbing

leak-in-pipeHousehold plumbing can suffer from leaks. That’s just the way things are: the finest plumbing installation and maintenance work can’t prevent all potential leaks. The best way to deal with leaks is to have them fixed as soon as possible—and most of the time, that means calling a professional, licensed plumber.

Below are a few facts about leaks in your home we think you should know:

A crammed sink cabinet easily disguises leaks

Here’s something few people realize: it’s harder to notice leaks when they happen to a drainpipe located in a crowded kitchen or bathroom cabinet. If you’re like many homeowners, you probably make maximum use of this cabinet space for cleaners, detergents, cat litter, packs of soap, tools, and a wastebasket—and many of these won’t be moved for months. Take some time to periodically clear out this area to see if there are signs of water damage.

Routinely check on visible pipes

Hidden leaks are one of the biggest problems a home plumbing system can face. But people often neglect to make regular checks on the pipes that are exposed so they can notice anything amiss. Make sure you know where all the exposed plumbing pipes are (such as in the laundry room or the garage) and make occasional visual checks so you can catch signs of leaking early.

There is no such thing as a “minor” leak

The smallest leak is still a big problem. Even a small build-up of water allows for the growth of mold and mildew, which will rapidly eat through building material, and tiny leaks may be symptoms of serious problems elsewhere in the plumbing. Don’t let any leak slide just because it isn’t large.

Know when it’s better to replace that leaky faucet rather than repair it

The leaky faucet is the most common type of leak, and thankfully it’s also an easy one to fix. But you cannot keep repairing a mechanical faucet forever. Replacing parts one at a time will only take a faucet so far, and eventually it will wear down to the point where it’s best to have a plumber replace the entire faucet. Ask your plumber about the best way forward for you.

You need professional plumbers to detect hidden leaks

Although you can’t see hidden leaks, you’ll often be able to notice their presence by water stains on the walls or ceiling, a decline in water pressure, or a spike in your water bills. The actual job of locating the leaks for repairs, however, must be left to professionals. Experienced and licensed plumbers use the best in advanced leak detection equipment—acoustic listening discs, thermal scanners, and video pipe cameras—to find exactly where the leak is occurring so they can make repairs fast and with the least amount of damage possible to building material.

Our plumbers are experienced with leak detection in Ontario, CA. We work with plumbing jobs of all sizes, including major commercial plumbing repairs and installations. We’re more than capable of repairing leaks of any type in your house. We have plumbers available 24/7 to help you when you have an emergency, so don’t hesitate to call on us.

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