Water leaks can be extremely damaging to your home or business. Repairs can be very costly, so it is important to try to prevent them. If they do occur, to take care of them as soon as possible. Mann Plumbing is always willing to work with their customers to evaluate the building and give advice on how to prevent leaks. If you think you may have a water leak, reach out to us right away. You should not try to repair a leak without first consulting a plumber, as there may be a larger problem hiding in your pipes.
Water Leak Detection
● Unusual Noises: If you hear noises you do not usually hear when using water in your home or business, you may have a water leak. One noise you could hear is bubbling. This usually will occur when air gets through the leak into the pipe. Whistling will occur when the pipe is dented and air is trying to get through that area. If the pipe is behind a wall, you may also be able to hear the water dripping out of the pipe.
● Change in Water Pressure: If your pipes are frozen, no water will be able to move through the pipes. If there is a small hole in the pipe, you should be able to notice a change in the water pressure coming through faucets and showers.
● Higher Water Bill: If you notice an increase in your water bill while keeping the same water consumption habits, it is likely you have a leak somewhere. When water leaks, it never gets to be used in the intended way, which leads to waste.
● Water Marks: An obvious sign of water leakage is water marks inside your home or business. Any leaking pipe that is behind a wall will most likely leave marks or at least dampness on the wall. In multi-story buildings, leaks can also leave marks on the ceiling.
● Standing Water: If there is a large leak, or the leak has been there for a long time, you will likely see water coming from the area. This could mean small drips or puddles or very large amounts of water coming from the pipe.
● Odors or Discoloration: Finally, old pipes could become rusty. This will lead to brownish-colored water. This does not necessarily mean there is a leak, but one could be imminent. Odors may come when sewer waste gets trapped near the building.
How to Avoid Water Leaks
● Regular Inspection: The best way to avoid leaks is to have a plumber come and inspect your home or business. Mann Plumbing will look for signs of leakage or weak pipes, such as roots getting close to the pipes, rusty pipes, clogs and blockages, and shifting pipes.
● Pay Attention to What You Are Putting Down Your Drains: There are certain things that should never be put down drains. Doing so can cause major blockages that will increase pressure on the pipes causing them to burst or leak. A plumber will be able to give you advice on what is safe to put down drains.
● Install a Water Softener: Hard water has a very high mineral content. Minerals can cause clogs and blockages that can lead to leaks. In addition, hard water can cause corrosion of the pipes. You should speak to a plumber before installing a water softener to make sure it will benefit you since not everyone has a hard water problem. Indiana tends to have high amounts of hard water, however.
● Measure Your Water Pressure: A normal level of water pressure is 30-50 psi. If a plumber measures your water pressure and it is over 60 psi for an extended amount of time, your pipes may be under stress. A plumber will be able to make adjustments to your home or business to lower your water pressure. Water pressure should never be over 80 psi.
● Insulate Your Pipes: In colder climates, freezing pipes are a major cause of water leaks. To prevent your pipes from freezing, it is possible to insulate your pipes in areas that are not heated already.