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Leak Detection – Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

A plumbing leak is one of the most common plumbing problems. Proactive leak detection is one of the best modes of defense against the harmful side effects of a plumbing leak. Plumbing leaks can cause more than just the leak itself, they can also cause damage to the surrounding area, which is why plumbing leaks command prompt attention. Here are some signs you have a plumbing leak.

#1 The Sound of Dripping or Running Water

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One of the most tell-tale sign that you have a plumbing leak is the sound of dripping or running water. During the hustle and bustle of the day, these sounds may blend in with everything else you have going on. However, at night when the house is quit, the incessant sound or dripping or running water can keep you awake. This is you psyche alerting you that you have a plumbing leak. You should take this threat very seriously, as even the slightest leak can waste thousands of gallons of water over time. This goes to faucets, toilets, and plumbing pipes that are hidden from plain sight. Hidden plumbing leaks, can be the most devastating of leaks, using your ears to detect these kinds of leaks is important.

#2 The Smell of Mold and Mildew

The smell of mold and mildew is a good indicator that you have a plumbing leak. Mold and mildew flourish in warm, wet conditions. This makes a plumbing leak a safe haven for mold and mildew to grow. Mold and mildew have a very distinct smell, that is earthy. If you have ever left a load of laundry in the washing machine too long, then you are familiar with the smell. While mold and mildew can occur because of poor ventilation, they can also occur because of a leak. Don’t take the smell of mold and mildew lightly, while mold exists naturally all around us, when it gets out of control it can make you very sick.

#3 Visible Sings of Water Damage

There are also visible signs of water damage to be on the lookout for. Water damage on walls, under sinks, and on the floor is a good

Mildew on ceiling

indicator that you have a plumbing leak. In addition, unexplained puddles of water or saturated ground is a clear sign you have a plumbing leak that cannot be ignored. Prompt attention is necessary in order to prevent water and further damage.

Another sign you have a plumbing leak, is the unexplained rise in your water bill. Thorough leak detection inspection should be performed. Leaks can be tricky to find sometimes, John Owen’s uses state of the art equipment or quickly locate any leak. Contact John Owens Services today to learn more about their leak detection services.

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