Leaky pipes are a common problem no matter where you live or how old your plumbing is. They can cause all sorts of problems before you realize that they are leaking. Because your pipes are tucked away from sight inside the walls of your home or underneath your yard, problems often become severe before they show any dramatic visible signs.
Leaks in pipes can develop for any number of reasons. Aging pipes may start degrading to the point where their integrity is compromised. Extreme weather conditions can also cause pipes to crack and begin leaking, especially if the water in them freezes in the winter. Some leaks are simply a result of improper or failing connections between pipe segments.
Regardless of the cause of the leak, however, it must be found before it can be fixed. This is not as easy as it sounds, but if you know what to look for you will often be able to catch a problem before it gets out of control. In fact, just knowing that you are at a high risk for developing leaks – if your pipes are old or if they are often exposed to extreme weather conditions, for instance – is a good enough reason to have a professional come out for a routine maintenance check.
You should also monitor your water bill for signs of unexplained water usage increases. There are some times of the month or of the year when you can expect to use more water, but if your usage suddenly spikes unexplainably, chances are good there is a leak somewhere in your system.
A leak could also be the cause if you notice damp spots on your ceiling or walls or if water collects in unusual parts of the basement. Unexplained puddles in your yard are a sign that there could be a problem with the pipes running underground.
Once you know a leak exists, you still need to find out exactly where it is coming from and that can be a difficult task. With the high tech equipment available today, the plumbers at Standard Plumbing are able to pinpoint leaks relatively easily. The diagnostic equipment we use allows us to determine the source so that we can concentrate our repair efforts where they are needed.
One good way to avoid larger leak problems is to have your plumbing system checked out regularly. To do this, we use the same diagnostic equipment we use in emergency situations to get a good idea of what your plumbing looks like inside. With this information, it is much easier to find problems early and fix them before they get out of control.