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LITTLE LEAKS CAN MEAN BIG DAMAGE

LITTLE LEAKS CAN MEAN BIG DAMAGE

LITTLE LEAKS CAN MEAN BIG DAMAGE

Posted on March 11, 2014 by 

Little leaks can be a major problem. Water damage can lead to many problems and require professional restoration services. While accidents or flood damage are sometimes unavoidable, leaks are a common source of water damage that occurs slowly over time. Learning how to detect leaks can save you money and time.

Your water bill is your ally Monitor and track your water usage every month. If you see an increase that you cannot explain (especially compared to the same month a year ago), then be on alert. If that increase continues the following month, then you may have a leak. Start sleuthing Even if your water bill looks fine, you should perform a quarterly leak check. Small leaks may not be enough to trigger a change in your water bill, but they can still be causing damage. Start by checking around the connections to your water-using appliances, such as your washing machine, dishwasher, and hot water heater. Look for signs of leaks (wet spots, discoloration, etc.) along the path of the lines. Also, run your hand along the pipes to feel for moisture (use a paper towel if the pipes are too hot). Also, inspect any pipes or hoses for signs of cracks or wear. Be proactive and replace any that seem subpar-it will be cheaper than repairing a burst pipe later.

LITTLE LEAKS CAN MEAN BIG DAMAGE

Look under sinks and behind toilets for signs of leaking. Again, use your hand to feel for water on pipes, visually inspect the pipes and connections for excessive wear or damage, and replace anything that seems questionable. Also, get into the access panels that lead to your tub and shower’s pipes and inspect there. Because these areas tend to be out of sight and out of mind, leaks can go for years without being noticed. The damage, however, can be severe-including rotting that is so extensive that it causes the tub to fall. Hi and low Inspect your ceiling for any discoloration. Often, this is tell-tale sign of a leak in your roof or attic. If you have wooden or laminate floors, stains, buckling/warping, and even discoloration can indicate water damage. Be sure to inspect your windows and doors, too. While the water damage is not likely to be from leaky pipes, it is a very common place for water damage to creep in. Inspecting them during or after a good storm should make finding the problem easier. And, if caught early, it can be an inexpensive fix-and perhaps even a simple a do-it-yourself job that takes only minutes. Water leaks may be small, but they can become a major source of water damage. Investing in routine inspections and monitoring your water bill can prevent costly repairs.

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