Though you haven’t increased your water usage lately, your water bill has mysteriously spiked. There’s paint peeling on the kitchen wall and a musty odor in the bathroom that won’t go away. This can all be coincidental. But, these things can also prove a sure sign you have a water leak somewhere in your house.
Undetected and unrepaired, water leaks can seriously damage your home and even your health. Water damage can make your paint peel or cause your floors, walls or ceilings to sag. Plumbing leaks make a breeding ground for mold, including black mold, which can cause upper respiratory infections.
In general, there are two types of leaks plumbers tend to, pressure leaks and drainage leaks. Pressure leaks, or white water leaks, are the ones closest to the main water line and responsible for delivering clean water to faucets and fixtures. While the water leaking from this system is clean, it can still damage the home or yard
Drainage leaks originate from the sewer line and the water, called grey or black water, leaking from them can be hazardous to health. Black water is particularly dangerous because it contains waste material from toilets and sewer lines.
How Do You Know If Your Plumbing Is Leaking?
One of the first signs you might have a plumbing leak is an outrageously high water bill.
Probably one of the surest signs you have a plumbing leak is a water meter that continues to turn even when all the faucets in the house are shut off. Water meters may also have a leak indicator on them. This is a small triangular dial or silver wheel that keeps moving even when the water is off.
Mold on walls outside of the bathroom also is a sign of a plumbing leak. Plumbing leaks could lead to a build up to black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, which can cause health problems, especially in the upper respiratory system.
If you have a mold problem, it needs to be treated as soon as possible to prevent any potential health issues. Honeywell air purifiers can help get mold spores out of the air. Along with mold, musty smells from lingering water may develop as a sign of a water leak. Other signs of water leaks are paint peeling from the walls or stains, sagging or damage on walls, floors or ceilings, or the sound of trickling water.
How Do I Detect a Water Leak in My House?
Usually the best pipe leak test is to check the water meter to see if it still running. You can either check the leak indicator or take a meter reading. To take a meter reading, turn off all faucets and running water. Make sure no water is used in the next 1 or 2 hours and then check the meter again. If the meter has changed, then a leak is present.
Once you discover you have a leak, you can find out whether the leak is inside or outside of the house. First you will have to shut off the main water valve. Once that’s done, you check the meter again. If the leak indicator shows no change or stops moving, then the leak is inside the house. If it continues to move, then the leak is outside of the house.
At any point you discover you have a water, it’s time to get in touch with the leading Torrance, CA leak repair specialists, LA Plumbing Company.
Why Do Water Pipes Leak?
Water pipes leak for four main reasons:
- Corrosion: Occurs either when over time minerals in hard water scrape away at pipes or when acidic chemicals from cleaners eat at the pipes. Once pipes are corroded through, they will need to be replaced.
- High water pressure: Water pressure, usually over 80 psi, can cause pipes to burst.
- Movement of infrastructure: As homes shift and foundations settle, that movement can cause pipes to get shaken around and moved too. Significant movement could cause pipes to separate or rupture.
- Clogs: Whether it’s grease or hair or small objects blocking up pipes, clogs are a significant reason pipes leak. The water back-ups cause an increase in pressure and that may cause the leak.
Can a Clogged Pipe Cause a Leak?
Yes. Clogs are one of the most common causes of leaks. And no matter what causes the clog, it makes water back-up and builds up water pressure. While drain cleaners can clear clogs, the chemicals in the cleaners pose their own problem, as over time the acid eats away at the piping. Professionals at LA Plumbing Company can clean clogs safely, without the risks associated with drain cleaners.
How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Leaking Pipe?
While LA Plumbing Company wants to be your affordable and reliable plumber, repairing leaks can be costly, especially the longer the leak goes unrepaired or undetected. Costs can run anywhere between $150 and $350, depending on how extensive the repair work is needed. Detecting leaks can cost about $100. Any repairs needed to drywall once the plumbing leak is repaired could run about $750 or more.
To make sure you avoid extensive costly repairs, as soon as you suspect a leak, get in touch with LA Plumbing Company in Torrance, CA. Give our team a call at (424) 201-0202.