Since your plumbing is often sheltered within your walls, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if you have a leak.
Many water leaks go unnoticed before you run up a high bill. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household’s leak can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year.
Your Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning have some tips to help you determine if you have a leak, and how to get it fixed:
If your leak isn’t big, it may take a while for a damp area to become visible. But, if you see standing water on your floor or wet spots on your ceiling, chances are you have a leak.
Many times, you don’t realize you have a leak until you notice your water bill is higher than normal. Take into consideration that you may use more water during the summer months so compare your usage to last season’s. If it’s higher than normal for that time of year, you may have a leak.
If your showers aren’t as strong and your flush isn’t as powerful, you might have leak in the system. Leaks can cause reduced water pressure because there is less water flow through your pipes. Sudden drops in the water pressure that aren’t caused by someone else running water are a sign that a leak is present.
We all know the sound of a dripping faucet, but if your leak is bigger, it might sound like water rushing through your walls. If you suspect you have a leak, try making the house quiet long enough to listen for gushing water noises.
Leaks can lead to standing water. And, standing water can lead to mold and mildew. Sometimes you can spot the fungus by the smell before you ever see it. Mold can also cause your family to suffer from respiratory issues and other illnesses before you notice it has invaded your home.
If you smell something musty or you have a constant dry cough, you might have a leak.
When a leak is small and visible – like a leaky faucet or an old toilet flapper – you might be able to handle the repairs yourself. But, if you suspect your leak is within your walls or involves a larger pipe, your best bet is to call in the professionals.
Plumbers have equipment that can find leaks quickly and the tools to make the repairs without causing too much disruption.
If you suspect you have a leak and don’t know where it is, call Petri today at (718) 748-1254 or contact us online. We’ve been repairing Brooklyn’s plumbing since 1906 and know how to fix a problem fast.