Leaks in your pipes are potentially the most harmful to you. Even a small leak can result in damages to your property and even lead to a full blown burst. Without the proper technology it can be extremely difficult to find a leak in your home so the best measure a homeowner can take is scheduling maintenance on a semi-regular basis. There are very few warning signs when you have a leak, especially a small underground one, but here are a few signs:
- the sound of running water
- wet carpet, flooring, or concrete floor
- wet or moldy drywall on the lower floor of house
- a mildew smell in your basement
- higher water bills than the usual amount
- visible damage to your foundation
While there are many undetectable leaks, there can be a few obvious ones like a leak from your toilet or a leaky faucet. Even if you only suspect a leak the best thing you can do is to call in a professional. There are many different tools and methods we would use to identify the leak, specifically acoustic listening equipment (ALE), video inspection equipment (VIE) and soil probes. ALE is technology that amplifies the sound of water inside walls or under concrete. VIE are small cameras that allow plumbers to see what’s happening inside of your pipes and can also be used to retrieve items like car keys or wedding rings. Soil probes are a way for plumbers to listen for pressurized water shooting into the soil surrounding water mains or sewer lines.
High water bills will be the least of your worries if a water leak remains unchecked for a long period of time. There are also concerns about mold and mildew growth as well as structural damages to your home. Do not wait until the issue gets more serious, get your leaking pipes fixed today with one phone call.