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Frequently Asked Questions About Home Water Leaks

Water Leak FAQs

A water leak can be one of the most frustrating experiences you encounter as a homeowner. Water is a strong force that is hard to tame. It can cause significant damage to anything in its path. But preventing and repairing leaks is often back of mind of homeowners...until the damage is discovered.

The leak detection experts at Plumbing & A/C Medic have seen it all and have repaired many a leak. Here are some of the most common issues that come up, and the questions homeowners often have about home water leaks…

I Found a Leak. What Do I Do?

One of the most important resources (and protections) in your home is your emergency shut-off valve. When you discover a leak, you should first turn off the water from your main water valve. The valve is usually located inside your home, near where the water enters your home and past the meter. Every home is different, so you may want to consult the most recent inspection or building blueprint to find the valve.

The valve will likely be either a gate valve or a ball valve. Gate valves look like a lever that you turn to open and close the pipeline. Ball valves have round handles that you turn like you would a steering wheel. Move the handle to the OFF position before dealing with the leak further.

Is a Dripping Faucet Considered a Leak?

It’s a common misconception that a leak has to be a dripping ceiling or pipe burst. But in reality, any time water is flowing when it shouldn’t is a “leak”. So even if your shower or sink has a constant drip that you’ve learned to deal with, you have a leak (at the fixture and your wallet).

It’s not just about water damage or annoying dripping sounds. Even a slow drip, over time, wastes gallons upon gallons of water that you’re paying for. It could also contribute to limescale buildup and mold growth around your faucet.

Can I Fix a Leak Myself?

Some leaks are easier to fix than others. For example, a leak coming from your faucet or showerhead may simply be a loose fitting or broken o-ring. Those are reasonable DIY fixes that you could make.

However, when the leak comes from a pipe behind your wall, under your floor, or in your yard, it requires the help of a licensed, professional plumber. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find the exact source of the leak. You don’t want to break through walls, tile, or pull up floorboards unnecessarily, causing more damage and headache. A professional will have the tools and expertise to pinpoint the source (not to mention, liability insurance).

Where Are Leaks Commonly Found?

Leaks can really happen anywhere in your home, but there are some places where it’s most common. Leaks most often happen in fixtures that aren’t built or installed correctly. Water heater leaks are also a common issue.

Many times, leaks are only noticed through their symptoms and not their cause. So you may see water stains on the ceiling or walls. You may hear the sound of running water or notice mold growth in unusual places. A random warm spot in your floor could signal a slab leak. This is when the help of a leak detection expert is definitely warranted, in order to find the source of the leak and fix it quickly.

Why is My Water Bill Higher Than Usual?

This is another telltale sign that there is a leak in your home. As we said, leaks aren’t always obvious and can sometimes sneak up on you. A higher water bill could indicate that there is a small leak somewhere in your home, and you should look for the previously mentioned signs to confirm that suspicion. Start by making sure every water source in your home is turned off, then go check to see if your meter is still running.

Why Didn’t I Call Plumbing & A/C Medic Sooner?

When you notice signs of a leak, call us right away, before additional damage is done. When you experience the 5 Star Service from Plumbing & A/C Medic’s elite team of plumbing professionals, you’ll have peace of mind, knowing your most valuable asset is protected. . Reach us 24/7 at (602) 975-2306 to experience the difference for you