Plumbing leaks are an issue that you might assume would be obvious. And indeed, it's hard to overlook water gushing from a pipe in the basement or from a pipe leading to your sink. However, not all plumbing leaks are this obvious. Especially when a leak is small, it may go unnoticed, particularly if it is in an area that you don't see or frequently spend time in. Detecting these leaks is still important since they can cause a lot of damage. Here are some of the more hidden leak spots you should be aware of.
Under your foundation
In many homes, the pipes leading into the home actually run underneath the foundation. This is particularly common in homes built with slab-on-grade foundations. Like other pipes, these ones become increasingly prone to leaks as they age, so if your pipes are more than 50 or so years old, you need to be increasingly wary of leaks. Since the pipes are hidden under concrete, you're not going to see water gushing anywhere. But you might notice these signs:
This type of leak is called a slab leak. Your plumber can typically locate the leak with a specialized leak detection camera. Once they know where the leak is, they can send tools down into the pipe to fix it from the inside out, so they don't need to dig.
Behind bathroom walls
The pipes leading to the shower, toilet, and tub generally run behind the walls in the bathroom. Since bathrooms are so moist, you may not always realize that the moisture is coming from a leak behind the wall rather than from a fixture or splatter in the shower. But if your drywall is consistently moist in the same area, or if you are always noticing a little pool of water on the floor in the same area, you can bet your bathroom pipes are leaking. Your plumber will probably have to remove at least a piece of the wall to access them.
Not all leaks are obvious. If you suspect you may have a leak somewhere due to high water bills or consistent moisture problems, have a plumber come take a look. They have leak detection equipment that allows them to pinpoint even the most hidden of leaks.
For more information about detecting leaks, contact companies such as Professional Plumbing.
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