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How do I detect a leak in my home

Hidden leaks are often small, slow leaks located in the pipes that run through your walls, ceilings, floors, and foundation. These leaks can also affect appliances, such as toilets, water heaters, and faucets, without your knowledge. Hidden leaks can account for up to 10,000 gallons of water lost from your home each year and contribute as much as ten percent to your monthly water bills. Eliminating these leaks is often easy for your Las Vegas plumber to accomplish, but first a leak must be identified so action can be taken.

Identifying the Signs of a Hidden Leak

Recognizing that your home is suffering from a leak is the first step in leak repair. There are many possible signs you may see when a plumbing leak occurs, including an unexpected rise in your monthly water bills that seems out of proportion with your home water usage. Additional signs include dark streaks on walls or ceilings, standing water beneath or around appliances, and the discovery of mold or a pervasive musty odor in your home. Slab leaks, which occur beneath your floors in the hot water pipes running along your foundation, often cause isolated areas of heat you can feel when walking across the floor, as well as a rushing sound associated with running water, even when you aren’t using your plumbing. These leaks can also cause water damage to flooring materials such as carpeting, wood, and tile, causing your floor to warp or feel spongy and soft underfoot.

Professional Leak Detection

Once you suspect you may have a leak, it’s time to call in your plumber for professional diagnosis. Leak detection is the process of physically finding the leak’s location so it can be repaired to eliminate the further loss of water or water pressure in your home. In some cases, your plumber will be able to identify the leak or the area around the leak via a visual inspection. However, some leaks require special tools to identify the exact area of the pipe affected by damage.

Our experienced plumbers have the knowledge and the equipment necessary to perform professional leak detection in Las Vegas, including identifying and repairing foundation slab leaks. If you’d like more information about our comprehensive plumbing services and solutions, please contact us at (702) 479-7481.

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