Professional Water Leak Repair in Houston
Where Is My Water Leak Hiding?While faucet leaks make their presence well known by being intrusive and annoying, we never hear our water leaks, as most occur behind your walls, inside cabinets, and underneath floorboards. These hidden leaks will make themselves evident in due time, often with symptoms that will include water stained walls or ceilings, damp carpets, mildew and mold growth, and even complete collapse of wooden foundations. Every year, the highest single cost to insurance company revenues is water damage caused by leaking pipes. A small pinhole leak in a copper supply pipe in your wall can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in a frighteningly short time. At the first sign of a water supply leak, you need to shut off the main water supply to your home BEFORE you reach out to a professional plumbing company. If you don’t know how to turn off the main water supply to your home, we’ve got a handy “do-it-yourself” blog on this very subject on our website.
What Are Some Other Signs I Have a Water Leak?Watch out for diminished water pressure from sinks and showers, as it can be a sign of leaking supply lines that could empty several gallons of water per hour into your walls. When symptoms like wet or damp drywall and flooring, strange odors, or reduced water pressure occur, the homeowner should notice.
Where Can I Be on The Lookout for Leaks?
Worn flappers, fill valves, and other parts inside of your toilet suffer from daily wear and tear of usage. Leaks can develop between the tank flapper seal and the bowl, causing water to run out of the tank continually. If a toilet tank is leaking, you’ll usually hear a “hissing” sound along with it. If you’re unsure of a toilet tank leak, place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the water in the bowl begins to change color, you’ve confirmed a tank leak.
Broken toilet flanges will cause raw sewage to leak into your floorboards, usually indicated by a rocking toilet, or brown water leaks that appear around the base of the toilet. Don’t just mop up this mess and ignore it, as it is wastewater, and its presence is unhealthy to both your family and your home.
Copper water supply lines can develop pinhole leaks, and when hidden beneath a sink or in a cabinet, they can go undetected for days. Regularly check supply lines beneath all the sinks in your home and the drainpipes, for any signs of condensation or dripping water. Inspect the bottom of the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities for signs of leaks like warped or damp wood.
Around Water Heaters:
Your tank-type water heater has a life expectancy of between seven and ten years. As your water heater gets older, internal parts like anode rods, heating elements, and thermostats begin to break down, requiring periodic replacement. Without proper maintenance, your water heater can start to rust from the inside, eventually causing leaks at the tank’s seam. Once a water heater tank has begun to leak, the only repair option is to replace it.
Water supply and sewer lines are commonly run beneath your concrete slab, an area where leaks can cause catastrophic damage to your home. Foundation leaks can create sinkholes under your home, causing your home to shift, creating cracks in walls, sagging floors, and causing doors to stick in their frames. Keeping an eye out for soggy areas of the lawn, or especially lush sections, will alert you to possible sewer line leaks.
Sewer Line Leaks:
Sewer lines pose a significant risk for water leaks, as most of their length is underground, making it difficult to impossible to locate leaks visually. The only way to accurately detect a sewer line leak is to perform a video inspection of the sewer line, which often reveals leaks, breakage, and even complete blockages.Water leaks won’t repair themselves; that’s why the experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services have been plugging Houston’s leaks since 1979. Eventually, every home is going to experience some form of a plumbing leak; it’s kind of an unofficial rule of the universe. Regardless of the cause of your leak, the experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services are ready to take care of it Call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services today. We’re on the Way.