Pipeline leaks can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. A leaky pipe can cost more than just the price of the water flowing through it. In addition to driving your utility bill up, leaking water and sewage can cause water damage to your home and foundation. The tiniest hairline fracture could spell big trouble if left untended. The key to keeping maintenance costs down and your family dry with any plumbing issue is early detection followed by prompt intervention.
You can spot a leaky pipeline by a few telltale signs. Low water pressure is a frequent symptom of a major pipeline leak. Water will divert out from the pipe before reaching the spout resulting in the decreased flow rate when you turn on your water. Another indicator is rusty water. When the inside of a pipe becomes corroded, the metal weakens. As the metal erodes, the pipe may eventually spring a leak. Any rusty water emanating from a faucet is a major indicator something has gone awry. Additionally, water should not be dripping when your faucets are closed. A leaky faucet should be immediately addressed. Finally, skilled plumbers will also inspect around your foundation for signs of pipeline leaks. Left unaddressed, a little water over a long time can cause major destruction to your home’s foundation.
Plugging the Leak
Once your suspect a leak, it is imperative to call plumbing professionals immediately. We all tend to collectively cringe when we think of the plumber’s fees, but it is a small price to pay to save in major water damage costs over time. An experienced technician will be able to conduct a cost-effective inspection and recommend the best solutions for the problem. While many pipeline leaks occur near fixtures – which is probably how you came to suspect a leak in the first place – plumbers can take it one step further using state of the art equipment and techniques to view the inside of your pipes. Their specialized scopes will identify the cause of the problem, be it general wear-and-tear, expansion and contraction common in regions with freezing winter temperatures, or growing tree roots bursting through underground pipes. A reputable plumbing service will use best-practice methods to repair your leaking pipeline and preserve your home for years to come.
If you suspect a leaking pipeline, do not hesitate to act fast. Call the plumbing professionals at General Plumbing today at (561) 771-0086 to troubleshoot your pipeline leak.