You hear the sound of running water, you notice spots on the drywall or ceiling, or there’s a loss of water pressure.
These are all signs that you may have a leak, and we’ll elaborate more below. The most important thing to know is that you’ll always be better off if you have the number of a professional plumber on hand!
At Roadrunner, we understand that leaks are quite a nuisance. And yet, it’s practically guaranteed that at some point throughout your homeowners, you’ll have to deal with one. We’ll share some common leaks below in addition to how to spot the signs of a leak, so you can be well prepared and minimize the damage the leak actually causes. Read on to learn more!
The Most Common Leaks We Get Called For
Leaks are never welcomed in a home, no matter how “common” they are. Still though, it’s good to know what the most popular types of leaks are, so that you know what to look for, and you know to give us a call when you spot the signs of one. These common leaks include:
- Pipe leaks underneath sinks
- Slab or foundational leaks
- Leaks behind your drywall
- Toilet leaks
- Water heater leaks
Another really common leak in home is dripping faucets. Fortunately, this isn’t a huge concern, mostly because they’re spotted quickly and they conveniently drip into a drain that is disposing of wastewater outside of your home, anyway. But this is a waste of water, and likely something you want to avoid.
How You Know If You Have a Leak
While you will want to hire a professional plumber for leak detection services to find the exact area and cause of your leak to have it repaired, there are some signs you can watch and listen for, which we listed below. Here’s where we’ll elaborate!
The sound of Running or Dripping Water: Do you hear water running or dripping when you shouldn’t? Meaning, you can hear water running but there are no appliances or plumbing fixtures on. This shouldn’t happen, and if it is occurring, then it’s definitely a sign that water is exiting from somewhere it shouldn’t be, and it’s time to call our pros.
Soft Spots on Your Drywall or Ceilings: When a leaking pipe in an upstairs bathroom goes on for too long, it will start to damage the material underneath it. You may actually see water spots forming on the ceiling or the drywall, which is definitely indicative of a leak.
A Loss of Water Pressure: To clarify here, we aren’t necessarily talking about a slow loss of water pressure over time. That is the sign that you have a clog forming somewhere in your system. If the decline in water pressure is widespread in your home, that clog may be in your sewer line. This is definitely worth an immediate call to our team, of course!
But as for the sign of a leak—we’re looking more for a sudden loss of water pressure. This means a pipe has likely cracked or ruptured and needs immediate attention.