How to Deal with Plumbing Leaks

leak-in-trapYou have a plumbing leak, and you’re not sure what to do about it. Like many people, you may be tempted to both ignore it and hope it’ll fix itself. This always seems to be an attractive course of inaction, but the ultimately unhappy results speak to its ineffectiveness.

Instead, depending on what kind of leak you have – faucet, water heater, sewage line, or slab – there are a variety of options available. No matter what, you need to make the first right choice: utilize plumbing professionals.

Dealing with Plumbing Leaks

A leak may seem insignificant, but trust us: It never is. Long-term leaks will raise your water bill, can cause water damage, and reduce the effectiveness of your plumbing system.

The time to act is now, so contact your local plumbing experts so they can take care of this right away and reduce any unnecessary damage or costs from plumbing leaks.

Faucet Leak

This is the most common problem people encounter and can be the easiest to fix as it’s usually a matter of replacing washers which have worn out over time. With older fixtures, though, it could be a sign the hardware is at the end of its lifecycle.

Either way, you’re better off using a plumbing professional who has the knowledge and tools to take care of this in short order.

Hot Water Heater Leak

If your hot water heater is leaking, there is only one solution: remove it and install a new one.

Hot water tanks can’t be patched or repaired because a leak signals a serious loss of structural integrity of both the tank and its interior lining. At this point, you might also consider the benefits of a tankless water system as opposed to sticking with a traditional water heater.

Sewage Line Leak

If you have particularly lush grass above the sewage line running from your house to the main sewer line, that’s a clear indication of a leak.

In the past, the only option was to dig up an entire section of pipe to find a leak. Today, miniature cameras placed inside the pipe can identify leaks. These can then be repaired from the inside by using inflatable slip linings.

Slab Leak

Water leaks under your house’s slab can be particularly troublesome to identify and fix. Because of the leak’s location, you may only be able to detect it through secondary means such as reduced water pressure or ongoing high water bills. You may also notice spots on your floor which are warmer than others.

As with a sewage line, it may be possible to identify and repair leaks internally. If the damage is too advanced, it may require jackhammering through the slab to replace the damaged pipe.

Be Proactive

The key to avoiding potential problems is to deal with them before they become actual problems. To that end, you should schedule regular inspections and preventive maintenance for your entire plumbing system. We have the expert technicians you need to keep your plumbing working reliably and efficiently.

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