More than just bothersome, plumbing leaks are annoying and, worse, destructive. If a leak starts to affect the the foundation of your home, this can cost you hundreds of dollars in repair or replacement cost of your flooring, carpet, furniture, and probably even medication because if it causes growth of mold or mildew, then this can definitely affect the health of your entire family.
Plumbing leaks that occur under the concrete foundation of your house is referred to as slab leak by professional plumbers and insurance companies; a leak occurring above the floor, on the other hand, is called pinhole leak.
It can be difficult to detect a leak in your plumbing system. You may not even be able to realize that there is a leak in your plumbing until it is manifested by a sudden spike in your water bill; if the leak is in a hot water pipe, then besides the sudden rise in your water bill is also a sudden increase in your electric bill.
Other than higher water bills, symptoms of a leak also include:
- The sound of running water even when all faucets are turned off;
- A hot spot on the floor which could indicate a hot water line leak;
- Cracks in walls or floors if it is a slab leak; and,
- Mildew or excessive moisture under carpets.
While it can be tempting to fix a leak by yourself, allowing professional plumbers do the work is a much wiser decision. If the problem is a slab leak, especially, then this will require careful process and technical expertise.
Besides being trained for the job, professional plumbers have the necessary tools and devices, such as an electronic amplification equipment and an electromagnetic pipeline locator that will allow them to locate the very source of the leak and make the necessary repair fast and with the least disruption to your property. Aside from saving you time and money, hiring professional plumbers to do the job should not be a worry for, aside from the warranty they give, your insurance providers will also most certainly cover the cost of the leak detection service, line access and isolation, and dry out and restoration of your property to the condition before the leak occurred. The only thing you may only have to pay for is the cost of the plumbing repair.