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How to Spot a Plumbing Leak

water-running-down-a-drainIf you’re lucky, you’ll never need an emergency plumber in Evanston, IL. Of course, nobody can guarantee this—but we can certainly lower your risk! How so? By detecting and repairing leaks quickly and accurately.

Here’s the thing—plumbing leaks are notoriously hard to locate and even tougher to fix for the average homeowner. Most of your plumbing system, after all, is hidden from sight, and the problems that usually impact this system are subtle to start. This is why we recommend you scheduling yearly preventive maintenance with our team.

But in addition to that, we think you should familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having some type of problem. On the rare chance that a problem occurs between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to detect it quickly and have it repaired. Keep reading to learn about common symptoms and what they may mean.

A Loss of Water Pressure

A decline in water pressure is never a good sign. It could mean a number of different things, depending on how severe the loss is, and how quickly it drops. Usually, a loss of water pressure means you either have a leak or a blockage somewhere in the system.

A slow loss of pressure over an extended period of time means you have a growing leak or blockage—it could be limescale buildup, for instance. But a sudden loss of water pressure could mean you had a pipe burst, which would definitely qualify as an emergency. Regardless of whether or not you think the problem is urgent, the best thing you can do for your plumbing system is to call our pros as soon as you notice a decline in water pressure.

Unnaturally High Water Bills

You should keep a close eye on your water bills from month-to-month, just in case, they begin rising unexpectedly. Water bills that seem to rise beyond what’s normal for the amount of water you use may mean you have a leak somewhere in the system.

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

Running Water Meter

One simple way to see if your plumbing system is leaking is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, and then check your water meter. If the meter is still running, it means that you likely still have water leaving your system somewhere. This means you have a leak. Be sure to call a plumber if you ran this test and noticed your meter still running.

Visible Signs of Water Damage

Even if you’re super aware of these types of things, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that a lot of plumbing issues only become noticeable once they’ve gotten far enough along to start inflicting damage. Pinhole leaks and similar problems are often found only after they’ve rotted out the surrounding area with water damage. If you notice any signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling, it’s a good idea to call a professional to check on it as soon as possible.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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