Leaking pipes and fixtures are one of the most persistent of plumbing problems. When people visualize water leaks in their home, they often think about water spraying in large amounts from a burst pipe. This can happen, but the majority of leaks are much more insidious and often happen where you can’t see them easily at first. You have to watch for warning signs like water stains and a rise in your water bills.
To help you better understand where you may need leak repair in your home, we’ve put together a list of the most common spots for household water leaks. Pay attention to these areas so you can catch leaks early.
The reason these fixtures are a big source for leaks is simple: the bathroom has a higher concentration of plumbing in it than any other room in the house. In a small space, you have at least three major water inlets: shower/tub, sink, and toilet. You have the same number of drains, and the toilet uses the most water of any indoor appliance. You’ve probably dealt with leaky faucets before, but aging showerheads can also be a big water waste. And when the toilet leaks, it’s often a major emergency. Pay special attention to the ceiling below a second-floor bathroom, because that’s the place you’ll most likely see water stains from leaking.
The water main
This is an alarming one for people. The water main is responsible for bringing fresh water into the house, and it’s not easily accessible because it’s buried underground. People often mistakenly believe the city is responsible for the water main, but it’s the homeowner’s responsibility once the pipe crosses under the property line. If you start seeing water puddling on your yard with no obvious source, it’s time to call a plumber to see about fixing the water main. Also watch for drops in water pressure in the home.
The water heater
Water heaters work throughout the year. Because they can experience increases in pressure, they can sometimes start to leak. A leak in a water heater isn’t something you can delay in getting fixed, as it puts the entire water heater in jeopardy. Leaks can also happen because the water heater is aging and starting to corrode. In these cases, it’s best to have the water heater replaced.
Here’s where the threat of a burst pipe is the biggest. A pipe that freezes is at great danger of bursting because of the increase in pressure inside the pipe. Trying to DIY unfreeze a pipe will often hasten the bursting, so this is definitely a plumbing problem you want our pros to handle.
You can call us 24 hours a day when you think you’ve got a serious leak emergency on your hands. We’re also available to handle leak detection in Glenview, IL if you suspect hidden leaks. We recommend leak detection every few years as a precaution, even if you don’t see signs of leaks occurring.
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!