The Ultimate Plumbing Guide: How to Detect Leaks?
Whether you’re dealing with a major plumbing issue or a minor leak, it’s key to act quickly and not leave anything to chance. As soon as you notice the first signs of a plumbing emergency, make sure to contact professional plumbers from the area who offer a range of plumbing and leak detection services.
These seasoned professionals have years of experience in dealing with different types of water leaks, including slab leaks, pinhole leaks, leaks in the ceiling, and similar, across Corona and beyond. What’s more, with their help, you’ll not only have the existing issue fixed, but you’ll manage to get to the root of the problem, identify and tackle the cause of the leak.
Here is how you can know if it’s time to call your plumber:
What are the signs that you have a plumbing leak?
Knowing where to check for a water leak and how to deal with it requires extensive knowledge and expertise. However, in order to know when to contact your plumber, you need to learn how to recognize the first signs of a plumbing leak in your home.
Here are a few useful pointers that can help you do this with zero hassle:
Hearing water in pipes
If your plumbing is not in use, but you still hear the sound of running water, there is likely a leak in your pipes. In an event like this, you should think on your feet and call your plumbing expert immediately. They will perform electronic leak detection to discover any concealed leaks and mitigate water damage to your property.
Strong musty smell
Another frequent sign that you have a leak in your home is a musty smell in the air. When porous materials are exposed to water or moisture, mold can appear and quickly spread throughout the affected area causing an extremely unpleasant odor. You should keep in mind that mold takes just 24 to 48 hours to start growing, so there is no time for delay.
Oddly hot or cold floors
If you notice that the floors in your home are unusually cold or hot, you may be dealing with a slab leak. Hot floors obviously indicate a slab leak from a hot side water pipe. Your plumber will perform precise diagnostics using state-of-the-art non-invasive electronic leak detection and infrared camera equipment to test for a slab leak. Water can cause irreparable damage to your hardwood or laminate flooring so a proper and swift diagnosis to determine what is going on is necessary even if you are not seeing any water seeping up from the floors.
Outrageously high water bills
Have you noticed that your water bills have skyrocketed overnight for no apparent reason? Yes, water rates seem to be increasing in Southern California, but if water usage has increased, this may also be a sign of a slab leak, main water line leak, running toilet, etc and requires an experienced plumbing professional with proper leak detection equipment to identify what is going on.
Damaged walls, ceiling, and floor
If you’re suspecting a water leak, make sure to inspect your property for potential damage. You should look for any discoloration, water stains on your floors, walls and ceilings. Also, if your wood floor has started twisting and warping, it has probably been affected by water or excess moisture.
Some other signs that can help you recognize a water leak include the following:
-Mold and mildew on the floors and walls
-Water meter is still spinning even though the main water supply is shut off
-The hot water heater is not functioning properly, the water is less hot than usual, etc.
How do I find out where a leak is coming from?
Discovering where a leak is coming from is not an easy job and not all plumbers have the level of experience and skill needed to find tricky leaks. You will want to contact a plumbing professional that specializes in leak detections. They use advanced tools and diagnostic equipment to uncover the source of leaks above and underground.
These are special non-invasive tools that allow them to identify the source of the leak without disrupting your floors or drilling through the concrete. This equipment is designed to detect even the smallest temperature changes that occur around the leak and measure its specific frequency. Once the leak has been detected and the situation has been precisely estimated, the technicians will know how to address the issue efficiently and effectively.
Looking for reliable plumbing services in Corona and the area? Call OneStop Plumbers!
We are a locally owned business located near California State Route 91, just a short drive from the Corona city center. Our experienced team specializes in a wide variety of plumbing services, including slab leak detection and repair, water leak detection, hot water heater replacement, and water heater repair, maintenance, and installation, sewer line repair, ceiling leaks, drain cleaning, faucet repair, toilet installation, and more.
Our professional approach and years of experience in this field have made us stand out from the crowd. We strive to provide a higher standard of plumbing service and commit to do our best and handle your plumbing emergency in the most efficient and cost beneficial way.