Few problems are more pernicious in a home plumbing system than leaks. They can occur anywhere in the system and therefore are often hidden from view. For every length of pipe under the sink, there are dozens more in the walls or under the floor–hidden from sight. Leaks in those parts of the system can go on for weeks or even months if left undetected, and with the weather getting colder, now is the time to make sure your plumbing is in ship shape.
Sometimes, the problem is obvious: if you turn on a tap in your home and no water comes out, for instance. Other times, however, there’s just no way to determine where a given leak may be or even if a leak exists in the first place. That’s why it’s always a good idea to give a trained plumbing service a call to help you out.
Subtle Signs of Trouble
If you wake up one morning to find water spilling out all over your kitchen floor, you can probably tell there’s a problem. But beyond dire circumstances like that, you need to be able to spot more subtle signs of a leak in your plumbing. Look for signs like the following:
- Reduced water flow coming from the affected outlet. It might even have no water flow at all.
- Sounds of running or dripping water where you don’t expect such sounds to be.
- Soft spots in the wall or ceiling near the spot of the leak.
- Unexpected spikes in your monthly water bill.
If you spot signs like these, shut off the water main to your house and call in a plumber. Do not attempt to ascertain the precise location of the leak. That’s part of the plumber’s job.
The Right Tools
Plumbing involves a great deal of precision: knowing exactly where the problem is and precisely what length, diameter, and material of pipe is required to correct it, along with the necessary tools. And modern plumbing companies have access to leak detection tools that weren’t readily available just a few years ago.
That starts with precision equipment like seismic and sonic detectors, which can pick up the tiny sounds of a drip from a leak. That can usually pinpoint the spot of any leaking pipe in the household. Video pipe inspection technology can then be used to send a tiny video camera and light on a line into the pipe itself. That gives the plumber a look at the extent of the damage as well as its potential causes. That, in turn, determines whether just a tiny patch is necessary, or if an entire length of pipe needs to be replaced.
As a result, the plumbing job tends to move far more quickly than it might otherwise. Less time spent means more accurate repairs at a lower cost, all of which is made possible with the unique tools professional plumbers possess.
If you suspect you have a leak in the plumbing of your Reading, MA home, shut off the water and call the friendly professionals at Cooling Unlimited, Inc. to make repairs!