Watch Out for Hidden Water Leaks

Not to get all technical on you, but if a water leak really is “hidden,” doesn’t that mean it’s going to be difficulty to locate?  Yes, and no.  The trick is knowing what to look for, and where.

Take a leaky kitchen faucet, for example.  There’s one water leak you don’t have to hunt down.  It’s staring at you boldly in the face, saying “stop me if you can.”  But here are a few that require some detective work:

  • Refrigerator – From time to time, move your refrigerator away from the wall. That way, you’re far more likely to spot small pools of water which, if left unchecked, can eventually seep into your floor boards and inflict damage on sub-flooring, walls, and ceilings.  If water comes in contact with electricity, even worse problems can erupt.
  • Toilets – If you have a toilet tank that likes to refill itself even when no one’s flushed, chances are it has a hairline leak on the tank wall below the water line. To find out, put a drop or two of food coloring inside the tank and let it be for about 30 minutes.  Then come back and check the bowl.  If you see the same color of tinged water, voila, you’ve confirmed your suspicion.
  • Slab Leak – Let’s say you have a downstairs family run with a carpet over concrete, and one day your bare foot encounters a wet spot. Yes, one of your kids could have spilled a liquid.  Or, it could be a sign of an under-floor water leak.  This one could take the skill and resources of a plumber to figure out.

Not only can hidden water leaks cause structural damage, spark an electrical fire, and even lead to problems with mold and mildew, they also can waste excessive amounts of water. To prevent or minimize any problems associated with a water leak, contact Plumbtastic if you even suspect there might be a problem. We’ll to a little detective work of our own, employing such tools as our electronic leak detectors when the eye test isn’t sufficient to the task. You’ll also receive a guaranteed upfront price quote for any needed repair work along with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.  At Plumbtastic, it’s all in a day’s work.

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