Identifying Plumbing Leaks You Can’t See

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Some plumbing leaks are really obvious—they come with a visibly dripping faucet or a pipe that leaves puddles under the sink. Others, though, are not as obvious. Plumbing is designed to be out of sight inside your walls, below the floors, and in the ceilings, but when one of those pipes springs a leak it can be difficult to find and fix it before it becomes a significant problem. Here are some strategies to help you discover when you have a leak, and important information about getting it fixed right away.

Monitor Your Water Bill

Most people will notice some variation from one month to the next in the water bill, but if you see a big spike one month or you notice that the bill is higher than normal for several months in a row without any other explanation, it might be that you have water leaking somewhere in or around your home.

Check for Symptoms and Signs of Mold

When you have a water leak it creates conditions that are ideal for mold and mildew growth, and if you don’t notice the water leak for a significant period of time it can lead to out-of-control mold and mildew growth. For most homeowners, the first sign of mold is the very distinct smell, and if you notice that you can always smell it in a certain area of the house, chances are that’s where you should be looking for a leak. Even in the absence of moldy smell, you may notice that you or others in your house are constantly sniffling, sneezing, and stuffy when you’re at home (but it goes away when you’re out), and this could be a reaction to the mold. Be sure to get it checked out right away to avoid long-term health consequences or significant damage to your home from unchecked mold.

Notice Discoloration

When water leaks inside your walls or in the floors or ceilings, you will likely see the signs of the leak evidenced in the paint. When it gets wet, drywall and paint react by bubbling, bulging, or showing rings of discoloration in shades such as yellow, brown, or gray. Spills and minor stains can often be wiped away, but if it’s something that keeps growing, or comes back after you clean it up, it’s likely a deeper problem and should be checked by a Park City plumber.

Listen to Your House

When it’s quiet around, take some time to listen to the sounds your house makes. If you can hear the telltale signs of a leak, such as a constant drip, but you can’t locate a visible faucet where it’s coming from, that leak might still exist behind the walls. Most professional Park City plumbers will have tools that can help detect water in areas where you can’t see, so call them first when you hear a leak but can’t see it.

Don’t wait until it’s too late and water has caused significant damage to your home. Know the signs of hidden plumbing leaks and call a Park City plumber right away when you notice them.

How to Spot Signs of Water Damage

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If you’re like most homeowners, two words can instantly strike fear in your heart: water damage. Whether you live in an old house or a new one, water can seriously threaten the safety, security, and aesthetic of your home, and it doesn’t take much to do damage that is both costly and difficult to remove. For that reason it’s important that you know the signs of water damage—both the obvious signs and the subtle ones—and take action if you notice any of them in your own home.

The Obvious Signs

The good thing about obvious signs of water damage is that you will quickly notice it and can take immediate action to remedy the situation. Obvious signs of a problem with your plumbing include flooding, dripping water, leaky faucets, and puddles or water accumulation in places where it should not be. It’s important that homeowners also take the time to check out the basement and the water heater storage area, since these are places where water leaks or damage might be clearly visible, but you may not go in there often so it goes unrepaired for an extended period of time.

The Subtle Signs

The more difficult type of water damage is the subtle kind—the kind that doesn’t leave an obvious trail. If you’re planning to move into a home (especially an older home), it’s critically important that you know what to look for, but even for homeowners not planning to move anytime soon, understanding and checking for these subtle indicators can save you a bundle of money and a lot of hassle.

  1. Water stains on the ceiling or walls – pipes that carry water are hidden behind walls and in the ceilings/floors, so when one of those pipes has a leak, the first place you will likely see the water is in a water spot on the ceilings or walls, often accompanied by paint discoloration and peeling or bubbling paint.
  2. Drywall or flooring that has buckled – when water is leaking in the walls or floors, the materials that cover the pipes often absorb a significant amount of that water, and the end result is drywall or flooring that has buckled. You may notice it as a bulging area in the wall, or an area that you can clearly feel is different from the surrounding areas in the floor.
  3. Mold or mildew smell – sometimes the subtle sign that will tip you off to a water problem is not visible at all, but instead the distinct smell of mold or mildew. If you notice that certain areas of the house always have that smell, hire a professional plumber in Salt Lake City to come and inspect for the source. Depending on the extent of the mold damage, you may also need the help of a professional mold remediation and water damage restoration service.
  4. Dripping water – do you hear that little drip, drip, drip sound in your house? If you can’t find a leaky faucet or pipe, you might have a water leak that’s hidden behind the walls, ceilings, or perhaps even coming from the roof.

A little detective work can help you uncover the signs of a water leak, and if you ever do suspect that you have a problem, All Hours Plumbing in Salt Lake City is the team you can trust to repair your plumbing right away.

Items That Can Help Prevent Plumbing Disasters

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Many homeowners believe that all plumbing problems are going to cost lots of money to remedy. In actuality, the true cost of the work we do at All Hours Plumbing SLC can vary considerably based on many factors. There are some steps that homeowners can take to prevent relatively small plumbing concerns from blossoming into serious problems that require extensive repair work. These tips are not going to apply to every situation, so homeowners should always keep our phone number handy in case an emergency happens in the evening or on weekends.

Have a Few Buckets in Different Sizes

Buckets are among some of the most useful of all household tools; no homeowner should be without them. They are useful for cleaning and can be used to store cleaning supplies when not in use. Your buckets can also be used to catch drips and even flowing leaks. Whether water is coming from the pipes under your sink, the showerhead, or the tank over your toilet a bucket is going to contain the water and prevent it from causing a lot of damage.

Water can cause many kinds of damage, such as:

  • Warping wood and painted wooden surfaces
  • Lifting linoleum flooring tiles
  • Soaking into soft surfaces and causing mildew
  • Seeping into walls to facilitate mold growth
  • Staining antique ceramic

Waterproof Tape

Plumbers tape and other types of water-resistant tape can be used to patch small leaks in pipes. These products should not be considered a repair; they are simply a remedy that can be put in place for a few hours until a plumber arrives. The tape will help prevent water from spraying onto nearby surfaces, causing some of the damage mentioned above.

Contact a Plumber Promptly

The best way to prevent the escalation of water damage is to arrange for plumbing services as soon as the problem is discovered. We offer 24/7 emergency services to help prevent problems from becoming disasters.

Three Signs Of Serious Plumbing Problems

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Sometimes major problems are signaled by seemingly minor indications. Ignoring them can lead to major repair costs, serious inconvenience and even safety and health hazards. How do you know when a weird noise or a minor inconvenience is a real problem that needs professional attention as soon as possible? The following three signs are common indications that you may have a big problem with your plumbing, which should be taken care of right away.

A Drop in Water Pressure

Noticeably low water pressure throughout your home is a severe red flag. A reduction in pressure is typically caused by one of two serious conditions: either there is a giant leak in your system, or the water main to your home has been damaged. The water that is failing to come out of your tap is coming out of your system at an earlier point. Not only will this cause a major increase in your water bill, but it can also cause extensive water damage throughout your home.

Skyrocketing Water Bill

If everything else appears normal, but you see a sharp increase in your water bill and you have no idea where it came from, the most likely cause is a big leak somewhere in your system. You may not notice the leak otherwise because it can be hidden inside your walls or under your floors. As soon as you become aware of a potentially large leak, call your plumbers so that they can locate and fix it as soon as possible.

Unpleasant Smells

Unpleasant odors coming from your drains may be the harbinger of a hazardous condition. Often, such smells are the result of damage to the primary sewage line or of dangerous gases like hydrogen sulfide that can build up in drainage system due to several products that are commonly washed down drains. If you notice a bad smell coming from your drain even after you clean it, you should call in a plumber.

Three Drain Problems That Need a Plumber

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Drain problems can seem pretty minor; certainly, there are more pressing household problems that can arise. However, malfunctioning drains can affect your home in a number of ways, from presenting a mere inconvenience to being the sign of more serious problems. If you are experiencing one of the following drain issues, your best option is to call in a professional to perform a drain cleaning.

Recurrent Clogging

Drains that clog over and over again, no matter how many times you clean them out, are likely burdened with excessive amounts of materials that tend to create obstructions. For example, bathroom sinks often have a lot of hair and soap coming down them; while you can minimize this by using hair catchers, in the long run clogs are inevitable. Calling a professional is the best thing to do in order to thoroughly clean those drains. Home remedies are not likely to reach for enough to completely clear the drain.

Simultaneous Clogged Drains

If several drains throughout your home are all getting clogged at the same time, it is not a weird coincidence. Simultaneous clogs are usually caused by an obstruction in the main drainage system. This is a situation that needs a plumber with the proper tools and expertise to clean out a clog this deep in the system.

Slow Draining

Slow drainage is a common problem that many people tend to ignore at first. It does not seem very serious, and many people feel that the cost of a plumber outweighs the slight inconvenience, since the water is still draining. However, slow draining can be the sign of more serious issues that become more costly to resolve the longer they are left to themselves. Potential causes of slow drainage can range from grease or mineral obstruction deep in the pipes to faulty grading of your entire system.

Clogged drains are a common problem that many people try to resolve on their own. However, in many cases, this is not possible. Delaying your call to your plumber is likely to end up costing you more in the long run, as many drain problems can indicate the presence of more serious issues.

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