Fix Water Leaks As Soon As Possible
Reasons you need to repair a water leak immediately:
- Wasted Water – Wasting water or overusing household water means you’re wasting the energy-intensive process of filtering the water to make it drinkable. Not only does it hurt the earth, but it increases your water bill, which is money down the drain.
- Mildew Issues – Mildew flourishes in damp atmospheres. If water is pooling in your walls or floors, your health may be in jeopardy from mildew growth.
- Flooring Damage – Since water naturally gravitates to the floor, it can become trapped under floor boards, tiles, slabs, and more. If left unaddressed, it can cause foundations to crack, mildew growth, and much worse.
- Wall Damage – The majority of your home’s plumbing is set behind the walls. When a pipe bursts or springs a leak, it can seep through the drywall, causing the structure to weaken or collapse.
The most obvious household plumbing leaks include dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. Unfortunately, other types of household leaks are not so easy to notice. Leaks that are hidden underground, behind walls or beneath floors can go undetected for years. The best course of action for water leak repair is to call in a professional plumber. A plumber can identify the source of the leak, recommend a plan of action, and inspect for any other household leaks or water damage caused by the leak.
If you notice cracks in your foundation, random wet spots around your home, or other signs of leaking pipes, call (317) 660-6992. Williams Comfort Air offers customized repair services for all your home plumbing needs. We also provide emergency 24/7/365 water leak services to locate and repair every type of leak such as water pouring into your basement from a broken water line or cracked water heater in an emergency.
Warning Signs of a Water Leak
- Your water bills are higher than usual. Our first recommendation is to keep track of your water bills. If you see a significant increase on your bill, it may be due to a leak somewhere in your home. To make sure the spike isn’t due to a seasonal change, compare your water bills from the same month from the previous year to see if it’s spiked.
- Your water meter doesn’t stop ticking. If your water meter is continuously ticking despite no water being used in your home at the time, this may be a sign of a leak.
- You notice a musty smell from mold and mildew. A leak will cause damp areas in the ceiling, walls or floors. These damp areas often cause mold growth, which has a musty odor. Even if you keep your home sparkling clean, and still noticing a musty smell, a water leak may be to blame.
- There are cracks in you foundation. Cracks from your home settling are not uncommon. However, new and sudden cracks in the foundation may be due to a leak. Water that constantly seeps out of your pipes from a leak can weaken foundations and structural components, which can cause cracks in the foundation or walls of your home.
- There are visible signs of standing water. Have a look in the areas near sinks, tubs, and toilets. If you see damp spots or discoloration in the floor or wall, this may be caused by a leaking pipe.
How Severe is Your Water Leak?
Here are three circumstances with solutions to help you deal with your water leak.
No structural damage. While inconvenient, this type of leak does not cause much significant damage to your home. Instead, it will most likely cost you more time, energy, and money to resolve. Think about the last time you saw a sprinkler spouting straight up into the air instead of watering the grass or the last time you went into your bathroom to hear the toilet running even though it hadn’t been used recently.
Solution: Turn off each water source one at a time to try and identify the source of the leak. If you don’t have any luck with this, you may need to hire a plumber to perform a leak inspection.
Minimal damage, but worsening over time. You have a leak causing minimal damage right now, but has the potential to worsen over time.
While this leak may not look like a huge issue at first, if not addressed, it will cause more serious damage in the future. Some examples of these often overlooked leaks are a leak in your wall, a leak in a faucet or shower, or even a drip from an appliance. Sometimes these leaks happen in more dangerous areas of your home, such as in a boiler or a hot water heater.
Solution: Start by turning off the main water valve to your home and then clean up the mess. Next, you need to fix the leak. If it’s something that can’t be done on your own, you’ll need to call a plumber to fix the problem before turning the water back on.
Significant damage. You have a leak causing significant damage (your home is being destroyed) – you need to act right now.
Hopefully, you never have to experience the damage this kind of leak can cause to your home. Significant damage leaks are easy to identify, because your home is probably being flooded with water. Leaks like burst and frozen pipes are the most frequent causes of this type of leak that requires immediate attention.
Solution: Turn off the main water valve to your home to stop the flood of water and then document the damage. It’s recommended to call your insurance company and then identify the source of damage. You’ll probably want to call a plumber to fix the cause of this type of leak.