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5 Tips for Leak Detection

Posted on: December 30, 2016

Leak detection is one of the most important things you can do for your home. For many homeowners, leaks are incredibly difficult to locate, mainly because their pipes are located in less visible areas of the home like under floors and between walls. Some won’t even bother to spot leaks at all, which leads them to experiencing all sorts of plumbing problems. One of the most damaging setbacks of allowing a leak to persist is the waste of water. According to the EPA, the average household’s leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. That’s water that could be going to all sorts of purposes. In fact, that amount roughly equates to 270 loads of laundry. To make it even worse, ten percent of homes experiencing leaks waste up to 90 gallons of water per day. In addition to wasted water, you also risk significant water damage that will see you have to spend thousands of dollars just have it cleaned up. If not fixed, the water damage will also lead to mold and mildew growth in your home. This winter, you may think you’re fated to experience these issues and more, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Leak detection is easier than you may think, and all it takes is learning a few simple tips!

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If leaks are giving you trouble, you can count on Lighten Up to provide high-quality leak repair. We don’t want to see you having to constantly deal with plumbing problems this season, or really at any time of the year. Our work is quick, durable, and long-lasting so you won’t have to worry about making another service call for a long time to come. We also offer a wide range of leak detection methods like pipe cameras, thermal imaging technology, air testing, smoke testing, and more. Plus, our customer service is amazing. Our plumbing contractors will always make the extra effort to guarantee your satisfaction no matter what plumbing service you need. Thanks to our services, you’ll save thousands of gallons of water per year and able to gear your water usage to better purposes. Best of all, you will be able to establish a clean, safe, and secure living space for the entire family. Once you know your home is free of leaks, you can live peacefully in your home unlike ever before.

How Can You Spot Leaks in Your Home?

Even if leaks aren’t immediately visible in your home, there are still ways they can pop up in your home. Please take note of these detection tips when you sense a leak is present:

  1. Higher Costs on Water Bills: One of the most common signs of a pipe leak is when you notice a sudden spike in your water bills. Your water consumption may remain at a normal level, but you may still pay more than necessary. Even if a small difference in the size of your water bill, these sudden increases almost invariably mean a hidden leak.
  2. Low Water Pressure: Low water pressure should coincide with a larger water bill. Though low water pressure can indicate a number of problems, they all have to do with your plumbing system and you shouldn’t rule out a leak as a possibility. In the event this occurs in your plumbing system, start inspecting your pipes, check your PRV valves, and even your water pump.
  3. Wet Spots Inside the House: If the higher costs on bills and loss of pressure didn’t warn you of a leak in your plumbing system, the wet spots around the house certainly will. The smell of mold and mildew growth may be your first indicator of this serious threat to your home, and that may do a number on your indoor air quality if not treated soon enough. The good thing is that you will have a better idea of where the leak is located. For example, if the wet spot is forming on the walls, the leak is most likely in that area.
  4. Flooded Basement: A flooded basement can mean serious trouble, especially in the event of a burst pipe. The water from the burst may threaten to damage your furnace or electrical boxes. First of all, do not touch or step in the water as it could be electrified. Please call Lighten Up to have the situation inspected immediately.
  5. Termite Activity: Jumpy at the sight of bugs? Then this sign of a leak may give you a scare. Water will make a dormant colony of termites active, and send them crawling about your home in large numbers. The termites themselves may burrow down out of a ceiling or the sawdust-like leavings they produce may start trickling out of vents. Call for plumbing service immediately, and maybe for extermination service as well!

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Contact Lighten Up today if you want to learn more on how you can improve your plumbing system thanks to leak detection!

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