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Leak Detection 101

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An important part of regular home maintenance is to have a professional plumbing inspection done for leak detection. It may seem strange to you, because why would you need to call in a plumber to find a leak, when you can see it. The answer is that not all leaks are visible to the naked eye. Undetected leaks can cause serious damage to your home and it could become a safety hazard, especially if the foundation of your home is affected.

You won’t always be able to detect where your plumbing leaks are coming from and even if you do spot a few of the warning signs of a leak, it may not be the exact location where the leak originated. Having a licensed plumber utilize trade specific tools to detect leaks will ensure that it’ll be found and fixed.

Warning Signs Of A Leak

  • Discoloration

    You will notice when your walls begin to change color, any discoloration to your walls is a sign that you need to call in your local plumber immediately.

  • High Water Bills

    You’ll notice changes in your monthly water bills, especially if it differs to what you’ve been paying in previous months.

  • Distorted Flooring

    If you have wooden flooring, you will notice that your floorboards are beginning to buckle. Carpeted floors will have strange bulges under the carpet.

  • Water Heater Working During Unusual Times

    If you notice your water heater turning on when there’s no need for hot water, you may have a leak in your homes foundation. This is a common sign of a slab leak and it does require the attention of licensed plumbers to find and fix it.

Steps Your Plumber Will Take To Find The Leak

  • Your plumber will do a visual inspection for dampness, mold, distorted flooring, etc.
  • Your plumber will use trade specific technology to find the leak. These tools include listening devices, equipment for video pipe inspection and even infrared sensors to pinpoint the exact location of the leak.
  • Your plumber will assess the damage to the structure of your home.

Why Are Slab Leaks Dangerous?

It may seem like an easy task, but when it comes to slab leak detection, your plumber can never be too careful. There are also various health risks associated with leaks. Leaks can lead to mold growth and this can lead to respiratory issues. If the leak is left unattended, your homes structure may be compromised as the wood may begin to rot. Anything that compromises the foundation of your home can put your safety on the line.

Why Call A Professional?

Anything related to the foundation of your home, is not something that you can DIY. You need the necessary expertise, experience and license in order to locate and stop your leak – permanently. You don’t want to cause unnecessary damage to your property. The licensed professionals at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric are just the team you need. It doesn’t matter how big or how small your plumbing problem is – We Can Fix It!

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