Leaks and plumbing services are like the villains and superheroes of a comic book. It’s hard to have one without the other. Leaks are the villain that show up at the most inopportune moments to cause all sorts of problems like mold growth and deterioration, while a master plumber serves as the hero to fix the problem and leave you better off afterward. While it sounds like a simplistic view of things, it’s mostly true.
However, what we’re forgetting is the main character of the story–you! Homeowners serve a vital role in the diagnosing of plumbing problems and even in plumbing repairs. Not only is it your home we’re talking about, but the solution and budget considerations are yours to have the final say on. So, we’re going to give you three simple ways you can check for a leak in your home, so you’re well-equipped to call our team for plumbing repair in West Palm Beach, FL.
Utilize Your Water Meter
Your water meter is actually a great tool for measuring whether or not you might have a leak. Think about it, it tells you about all of the water that’s being consumed in your home. If you shut off all of your water-using appliances and checked the water meter, it should read zero, right? Well, if it reads anything else, then you can be sure that there’s a leak somewhere.
Use this information to your advantage! Try and turn your appliances back on one at a time and see if you can detect the location of the leak. If not, just hire a professional to have the leak diagnosed and repaired anyways.
Listen for the Sounds of a Leak
It can be normal to hear the sound of running water when someone flushes a toilet or runs an appliance. However, if nobody is using any water in your home and you hear the sound of leaking water, or dipping water, then you might have a leak that needs to be fixed. This is a good way to analyze if you’ve got a water leak, and we recommend taking a quick tour around your home and listening for any additional sounds of running water.
Inspect Your Pipes
What are your pipes made out of? This is a good question and one that we recommend homeowners find the answer to. For instance, if your pipes are made from PVC or some kind of plastic that’s not designed to deal with hot water, and you notice hot water leaks coming from them, then right off the bat you know there’s a problem. Hot water can eat away at PVC over time if it’s not specifically designed to transport it.
Also, pipe materials like galvanized steel or lead simply aren’t used in homes anymore. This means that your galvanized steel pipes are likely decades old and in need of serious repair or replacement. If you suspect there are leaks in your home, chances are high that they’re coming from these old pipes.
At Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC, you can count on nice people and super service. Call our super-friendly team today!