While some plumbing leaks are very easily noticed, others may stay hidden and cause extensive damage within in your home. This is a common issue in our modern day houses. The majority of our pipes are hidden by drywall and other structures, which is pleasing to the eye but not conducive to catching leaks. These hidden issues within our pipes can be the result of many different problems, from sediment buildup to acidic water, but are more commonly the result of worn down pipes due to old age. If these leaks go unnoticed for an extended period of time they can potentially lead to an unstable structure, or worse, mold. Time is key when putting a stop to water damage and mold growth, so if you suspect an "invisible" leak in your home you can follow these steps to try and suss it out.
- Use your water meter
- Make sure no water is used in your home for at least 20 minutes, and then go and check the leak indicator on your meter. If the indicator is moving, but no water has been used, then you possibly have a leak. To confirm the leak write down the numbers on the indicator, go an additional hour without any water use, and then check the meter again. If the numbers have changed then it is highly likely you have a leak. If a leak is still suspected then completely turn your water off in order to narrow down its location. If the indicator stops moving with the water off, then that means the leak is happening inside your home. If it continues to move then the leak is outside.
- Use Your Eyes and Ears
- Even when a leak has been confirmed via water heater it may still be difficult to find. Check all the places in your home where a leak would be typical, like sinks, showers, and toilets. Sometimes leaks can go unnoticed in these areas if they are small, especially those that come from toilets. Then walk around the house listening for dripping noises, check the spigots outside, and feel for moisture out in the yard. Walls, cabinets, and flooring should also be checked for discoloration or a musty smell.
- Call the professionals
- Once you think you have located the leak it is time to call in the professionals. A plumber can help fix the source of the issue, but you need a restoration company when it comes to the cleanup. Proper drying and removal methods are needed to insure the prevention of mold, along with the need for a mold test if it is already suspected.
Call SERVPRO of Park Cities at 214-522-3000 anytime if you have experienced a water damage in your home.