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What to Do When You Suspect a Water Leak

Closeup of a sink S Trap made of white PVC plastic with a broken connection and water pouring out. Square format over a gray background.Without the right tools, and without the right professionals to use those tools, detecting a problem with your plumbing system can be a bit of a challenge. This is partially because most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and the issues that normally affect it are subtle to start with.

This is a big part of the reason we suggest scheduling preventive maintenance as part of your Gainesville, VA plumbing services at least once a year. If you do suspect you have a water leak, the first thing you should do is call in a professional. We’ll be able to conduct leak detection services to determine the cause of the leak and to figure out how to best repair it.

Are There Any Signs I Can Watch For?

Of course, even with maintenance, there is a chance your plumbing system can spring a leak somewhere. Therefore it’s important you familiarize yourself with the warning signs your plumbing system may exhibit when something is amiss. Be aware of the symptoms we mention below, and be prepared to give our team a call. We offer emergency services on top of our expert standard plumbing services.

Loss of Water Pressure: A drop in your water pressure is never a good sign. It can mean a variety of different things, depending on how severe the loss is and how quickly the water pressure actually drops. Generally speaking, a loss of water pressure means that you have a leak or a blockage somewhere within your plumbing system.

A slow loss of water pressure over time means you’re dealing with a growing leak or blockage, such as with limescale. A sudden loss of water pressure, however, may mean that you have a ruptured pipe, and you should give our staff a call right away as this emergency could end up costing you a lot and damaging your property significantly.

Unnaturally High Water Bills: It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your water bills each month, just in case they start to increase without warning. Water bills that appear to be rising beyond what is normal for the amount of water you use, could mean you have a leak somewhere within your plumbing.

If your monthly bills say that you’re using substantially more water than you are, it’s a good idea to have your plumbing checked by a professional.

Running Water Meter: One simple way to tell if your plumbing system is leaking is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, then check your water meter. If it’s still running, it most likely means that water is still leaving the system from somewhere—i.e. you have a leak. Call our plumbers if you discover this happening!

Spot the Signs of Water Damage

Unfortunately, many signs of plumbing problems don’t become apparent until they’ve gotten serious enough to start inflicting property damage. Pinhole leaks and other small leaks are likely only found after they’ve rotted out the surrounding area with water damage. Be sure to keep your eye out for any wet spots on your walls, ceilings, and even flooring and yard—and give us a call right away if you do notice something.

AllTech Services, Inc. is the company to turn to for reliable plumbing services. Contact us today!

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