Water leaks not only waste money, but they can also seriously damage your property. Many homeowners put off repairing minor leaks like dripping faucets, assuming they just need to replace a faulty part. Sometimes that’s true, but other times a small leak can mean a bigger leak is brewing elsewhere. And it seems more often than not, the problems caused by a major leak, such as flooding, happen at the most inopportune moments, like in the middle of the night or when you have guests visiting.
Central Florida Restoration Solutions provides emergency leak detection for DeBary, FL homeowners 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our skilled technicians are fast, efficient, and precise, delivering reliable emergency leak detection and repair services no matter when or where they occur.
When you call us for emergency leak detection services, you can expect:
- A quick and friendly response
- Transparent pricing
- A non-invasive approach that minimizes property damage
Don’t try to patch a leak without addressing the root cause. You might get immediate relief, but it’s usually temporary and doesn’t fix the underlying problem. Instead of risking future, more costly water damage, it pays to immediately contact one of our leak detection specialists.
Signs That Indicate a Hidden Leak
According to the EPA, the average household of four wastes approximately 11,000 gallons of water through leaks each year. That’s enough water to run 280 loads of laundry or 1800 dishwasher loads. Luckily, if you know what to look for, it’s something you can prevent.
Here are the top six signs of a hidden plumbing leak.
- Higher water bill: Is your water bill suddenly getting higher for no apparent reason? If so, you likely have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.
- Sound of running water: If all the taps inside and out are turned off, but you still hear running water, it’s an obvious indication there’s a hidden leak.
- Mold in unexpected places: If mold or mildew suddenly appears in places it never did before, there could be trapped moisture inside your walls. One sure sign you have a mold problem is a musty smell that didn’t previously exist.
- Warped floors: A sagging or warped floor is another system of an underlying leak. The faster you call in a professional leak detection company, the quicker you can stop the problem before it gets any worse.
- Ceiling discoloration: Dark spots on the ceiling are a sign of a water leak. They might indicate a roof leak, but if they’re located below an upstairs bathroom or laundry room, there could be a leak in those locations.
Whenever you see signs of a hidden water leak, it’s critical to investigate as soon as possible. A professional leak detection service provider has the latest tools and technologies to quickly locate a leak and prevent further damage to walls, floors, and ceilings. And because hidden leaks so often lead to mold development, we recommend calling in a company like CFRS that can handle both leak and mold detection to ensure your home is mold-free before repairing any water damage.
Where Emergency Water Leaks Typically Occur
Many leaks that cause emergencies occur due to incorrect pipe laying. The problem, of course, is that most of your home’s piping is out of sight, so you can’t tell something wasn’t done right until a leak appears.
Here’s where emergency water leaks most often happen.
- Broken seals: Not all your home’s plumbing is metal piping. The rubber sealants installed around appliance connections keep them watertight but, as they age, the sealing can degrade and even break. Condensation or puddling on or around major appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, and washers indicates you might have a broken seal.
- Clogged lines: They don’t always appear to be an urgent threat, but if they lead to overflowing or a burst pipe, you can find yourself with significant flooding and structural damage. And clogs that contain corrosive substances like household chemicals can accelerate pipe damage. Hair traps and careful monitoring of what is put down a drain can help prevent clogs from forming.
- Corrosion: As plumbing systems age, rust and other types of corrosion can eat away at the pipes, eventually creating an opening for water to escape through. This is particularly common in older homes with galvanized steel pipes which can start to fail at around the 20-year mark. If the pH and mineral content in your home’s water is imbalanced, pipes can also develop corrosion more quickly.
- Incorrect pipe laying: Unless you’re highly skilled or trained in plumbing, it’s best to leave plumbing system installation to the professionals. As mentioned earlier, many leaks that lead to emergencies occur due to incorrect pipe laying. If you suspect your plumbing was laid improperly, we recommend you have it assessed as soon as possible.
- Damaged pipe joints. Joints are among a pipe’s most vulnerable areas. Consisting of separate curved pieces attached to straight pipes on either side, they are integral to redirecting water throughout the plumbing system. Over time, excess water pressure and extreme temperatures can cause pipes to deteriorate. If your DeBary home’s pipes are making a ticking or banging noise, particularly when the hot water’s running, chances are you’re experiencing pipe joint issues.
- Underground movement and root intrusion: Tree roots, natural flooding, and even small earthquakes can shift pipe placement. As the ground moves, pipes can bend, twist, bend, crack or separate, causing underground leaks. Signs underground movement might be causing leaks in your home include slow draining or problems with your water supply. If tree root intrusion is interfering with your home’s water lines, it can cause water to seep out into your front, back, or side yard. Wet patches, sinkholes, or a sudden drop in water pressure often indicate an intruding root problem.
- High water pressure: High water pressure (over 60 psi) can feel amazing in the shower, but it isn’t so enjoyable for your pipes. That’s because the more force water applies inside piping, the greater the risk of eventual leaks. In extreme cases, incorrect pressure can cause pipes to burst.
- Loose water connectors: Hoses and pipes that supply water to appliances frequently become loose, usually due to shifting or movement. For instance, a washer’s house might spring a leak due to shaking during the spin cycle.
- Fixture cracks: Faucets and the pipes they directly connect to often develop cracks, especially if some sort of physical impact has occurred. Cracks can also occur out of sight, like beneath the sink, due to items being shoved or thrown into the cabinet.
One of the worst hidden enemies of your home and your wallet are slab leaks that occur below your home’s foundation. Because they’re never visible, they can release water and increase your water bill for months before you notice something’s wrong. Fortunately, there are some signs you can look for, such as:
- A continually cycling water heater
- Damp carpeting
- Low water pressure
- Loud pipes, even when water isn’t being used
- Mold and mildew infestation
- Pools of water collecting in your home
- Unexplained water bill increases
- Warm spots on your floors
If you suspect your DeBary, FL home has a slab leak, CFRS is ready to come to the rescue! Our skilled team has the most advanced tools available to quickly detect and identify hidden slab leaks so you can start the leak repair process and avoid further water damage.
Leak Detection: The Best Defense Against Water Damage
Every homeowner can benefit from paying attention to the way their home’s plumbing performs. If you notice any of the above problems that indicate a hidden leak, the experts at CFRS are available 24/7 for emergency leak detection services to help you get your system back in working order.
If you want to try and detect where a leak is occurring yourself, there are some tests you can try. If each of these self-tests come back negative for a leak, but you still feel as though something is off, CFRS is ready to send our skilled technicians to perform a more comprehensive inspection.
The meter test takes about 30 minutes and helps you discover how much water you’ve lost to a leak and how big the leak is. While performing it, make sure no water is turned on anywhere on your property.
- Write down the current water meter reading.
- Check the meter after 30 minutes have passed. If the numbers match, you don’t have a leak and you can stop the test.
- If the numbers are different, go inside the house and shut off the valves under every toilet.
- Repeat the 30-minute meter test.
- If the numbers are the same, it indicates the leak is coming from a toilet.
- If the numbers changed, you’ll need professional leak detection performed.
Most meters measure water use in gallons, so to get an idea of how big a leak is, just subtract the lower number from the higher one. The result is the number of gallons the leak is wasting in 30 minutes.
Home leak detection products
No matter who detects a leak, once it’s identified and repaired, you might want to consider installing a home leak detection system that uses smart leak sensors to alert you to plumbing problems the moment they’re detected. Some run on electrical power with a battery backup; others are entirely battery-powered. Both types monitor the water flow in your home, and when a problem’s detected, the system sends an alarm-type alert or a notification to your smartphone or other digital devices.
Depending on your budget, you can get either a system that detects a leak in its early stages or one that automatically turns off water flow when a leak is detected. Some smart systems use Wi-Fi to connect to a home security system. Smart monitors track the water flow through your house and let you know when something’s not right. And smart water shut-off valves are designed to temporarily shut off your water at the source when a leak or significant change in water pressure is detected. If you’re not sure which system is right for your home, talk to a professional.
Through it all, keep in mind that during an actual water leak disaster, you don’t want to waste much time trying to figure out where the leak is coming from. Your primary goal should be to stop it before it causes severe damage. Water damage and restoration experts are skilled at finding hidden leaks and can help you take care of them before a pipe bursts and causes flooding that requires total renovation to your DeBary, FL home.
When You Need Leak Detection Services for Your DeBary, FL Home
Fixing even the most minor water issues like dripping faucets and worn toilet flappers can save you up to ten percent on your water bills, so making these simple repairs are always a good idea. It’s the larger, often hidden, leaks that typically cause the most damage. And the longer you leave them undetected and unaddressed, the further and more costly damage they can cause.
CFRS is a professional water damage restoration company that can detect any hidden leaks at your DeBary, FL home without invasive destruction to your property. Why call an emergency leak detection company instead of a plumber? While most plumbers are skilled at fixing immediate plumbing problems, many aren’t equipped to identify hidden water damage.
CFRS is Central Florida’s most trusted leak detection company. Once a hidden leak is identified, we aim to ensure any water damage restoration services are as stress-free as possible. In addition to emergency leak detection services, we also provide water damage, fire damage, mold damage, and smoke damage services. You can always rest easy knowing whatever your leak problem, we’ve likely handled it before.
To learn more about our 24/7 emergency services, contact CFRS today. You can trust us to keep your DeBary, FL home and family safe from the disastrous effects of water damage while showing you how to avoid costly future leaks, damage, and repairs.