Water, water, every where—so goes the famous line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Don’t worry, we are not doing a deep dive in Romantic Poetry here. Instead, we just want to point out that you can, indeed, have too much of a good thing. Ol’ Coleridge’s Mariner would have loved some potable water, sure. But you’ll find yourself wishing for a whole lot less of it if your plumbing system springs a leak!
Not only are plumbing leaks the most common problem that homeowners may face with their residential plumbing systems, but they are also among the most serious. Why? Because even “minor” leaks pose a very real threat to your property. This is exacerbated by the fact that plumbing leaks can simply go unnoticed for a long period of time. Today, The Sunny Plumber Corona wants to share some common warning signs of leaks with you, so that we can help you to avoid such damages to your home.
Talking Sense, and Talking Senses!
What better way to help you to prevent damage to your home than by telling you how you can use your own senses to spot warning signs of leaks? Keep the following in mind, and get all of your senses involved. After all, it only makes sense! (Okay, we’re done.)
- Look for signs of trouble around the house, particularly around plumbing fixtures. See pools of water? Are there stains on your carpet, walls, or ceilings? Do you see a spike in your water bill that you just cannot reconcile with water usage in your home? Any of these sights could mean that you have a water leak in your home, and chances are that they’ve been developing for a while before you noticed them!
- Listen for signs of trouble, both from your plumbing system itself and from others in your home. Are your children or your spouse confirming low water pressure issues? Do you hear the sound of running water even when there is none in use? Don’t write off such sounds or complaints as quirks. They could easily be the result of leaks in your plumbing system.
- Feel for signs of trouble beneath your feet, such as hot spots on the concrete slab that suggest a slab leak, or wet spots that you cannot explain away as spills that were not cleaned up. If you feel anything out of the ordinary that could possibly be linked to a leak, that deserves looking into!
- Taste for signs of trouble, too. Yes, really. Does your water taste bad all of a sudden? Does it even leave a gritty feeling in your mouth when you drink it? Then you could have a leak in your main water line that is letting pollutants in, and that is definitely not a problem that you can ignore.
- Smell for signs of trouble, including foul odors in your water and the smell of mildew throughout the house. Sometimes, these odors can tip you off to a problem before your other senses have a chance to catch up.