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A leaking pipe can go unnoticed for weeks, if not months. But sometimes a plumbing leak is just an annoyance around the house. Regardless of whether your leaking plumbing is on your mind, it is crucial that you get leaks taken care of as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Constant running water or dripping can cause costly damage and result in expensive plumbing repairs. Plumbing leaks can also lead to pipe or fixture corrosion over long periods of time, resulting in serious damage to your home plumbing system.
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Leaking Toilets and Faucets
Signs of a leaky faucet:
- Faucet drips: Hear or see signs of drips? A leak is probably nearby. While you may think you’d notice a constant drip, there are some rooms in your house you may not frequent as much. Listen closely in frequently used rooms, and regularly check in on rooms you don’t use as much.
- Rust or water puddles: These two issues can show up commonly at the base of your faucets, around drains in sinks, tubs, or showers, and on the floor below a faucet. Act fast if you notice the reddish rust color or even small puddle nearby.
- Higher water bill: Unexplained spikes in your water bill usually indicate that a leak or some other type of plumbing problem has occurred. Check around your house for signs of a leak, or call a plumber ASAP.
- Squeaky faucets: Do your faucets make a squeaking noise whenever you turn the taps on or off? Are they difficult to turn off/on completely? This may be a sign of a bigger problem!
- Mold or rotten food smell: Sometimes, you smell the effects of a leak before you see or hear anything. Yep, that moldy, rotten food smell could be due to a leak! Get it checked out immediately.
Signs of a leaking toilet:
- Faucet noises: If you hear bubbling noises or groaning sounds coming from pipes behind or beneath the toilet, chances are your house isn’t haunted. You may have a plumbing leak.
- Mysterious water on the bathroom floor: It could be a small amount well away from the bowl or right where the toilet meets the floor or wall. Small amounts of water from leaky toilets can run down the grooves between floor tiles or get soaked up by a rug. You can miss the early stages of a plumbing problem this way.
- Uneven floor or tile: Homeowners sometimes notice a bump in the floor or tiles coming up around the toilet—only to find a slow leak has been happening.
- Moldy or sewer gas smells: While your bathroom may not always be pleasant-smelling, an extreme odor such as sewer gas or moldy smell may indicate a bigger issue.
Leaking Water Heater
Signs that your hot water heater is leaking:
- Small puddles or excess moisture near the water heater tank.
- Raised floor tiles or uneven flooring near the base of the water heater.
- Noises like dripping water or unusual sounds from the water heater.
- Lack of hot water or a restricted supply.
Leaking Washing Machine Hoses
What are the signs of a leaking washing machine hose?
- A musty or moldy smell in the laundry room.
- Small pools of water behind or near the washing machine.
- Rusted or loose hose connections.
- Cracked or bulging hoses.
If you have a hose leak or washing machine overflow, turn off your washing machine and the water supply to that area of your home. Check the hoses behind the washing machine. Old and heavily rusted or corroded washing machine hoses are the most common cause of washing machine leaks. You can get replacement parts at the store or simply call on the team at Rapid Rooter NY
Natural Gas Line Leaks
While not a water issue, the natural gas that heats the water in your boiler can be very hazardous. Carbon monoxide gas is the most common and is both highly flammable and fatal if inhaled in large quantities. A sign of a natural gas leak is a rotten egg odor, which has been added to the gas since it is odorless and impossible to detect in its natural state. Keep carbon monoxide monitors outfitted with new batteries and located in close range to your hot water heater and any other appliance that utilizes natural gas.
Broken Water Lines
A broken water line can cause immediate damage to your property as well as a sudden spike in your water bill. Because water lines are located in your walls or under your home, sometimes a leak isn’t detected until signs of property damage begin to show. Regularly scheduled plumbing maintenance is the best way to prevent a broken water line, along with preventive measures during extreme weather conditions.