Water Leak Repair: Let Your Local Plumber Do the Job

Water leaks are one of the most common household issues. Whether you own your home or are renting, dealing with a water leak is incredibly stressful and can cause a ton of unexpected damage. Leaks can happen in older homes as well as new builds but an experienced plumber can help to catch problem areas early, providing expert treatment before you are stuck dealing with a disaster.

Basic plumbing is one of those household tasks that always seems possible to DIY but this is almost always a mistake. Without technical training and experience it is easy to overlook the first signs of an issue, miss out on the option for preventative measures and let water damage get worse. Don’t settle for a temporary fix, call Pete & Son at the first sign of a leaky pipe.

The First Step to Fixing Leaks: Identification

Water leaks are common but they aren’t a one-size-fits-all issue. Some leaks are big and obvious, like a water main break or a burst pipe. These are impossible to ignore and will need attention right away but a small leak can go on for weeks, months or even years before it gets dealt with. It is easy to ignore the small signs of a leak and it’s easy to procrastinate getting it repaired if you don’t see it as much of a threat at the time.

The most common places to find leaks are often under sinks and behind toilets. There are plenty of reasons that these areas might be losing water but if you can’t pinpoint it, you are looking at spending time, money and energy on trial and error. There isn’t much point in tightening a valve if the issue is a degraded watertight seal or there is a broken section of pipe sitting somewhere behind a wall or under flooring.

Just because a pipe is dripping underneath the sink doesn’t mean that your leak starts there. It might be a symptom of a much larger problem. Attempting a DIY repair might provide a superficial result while the real problem is getting worse behind the scenes. This means damage happens slowly behind the scenes until it can’t be ignored anymore.

Common signs that you are dealing with a water leak, include:

  • Visible water damage: By the time you start to see water stains on ceilings, walls or flooring you are already dealing with a serious leak and should contact a plumber immediately.
  • Unusual Sounds: If you think that you can hear water running behind walls you might just be right. Don’t write these off, call a plumber instead. If you’re right, you can stop water loss before it rots your walls.
  • High Water Bills: You likely have an idea of what your monthly water bill should cost. If you suspect that you’re dealing with a leak your water meter is an excellent tool to confirm it. You can keep an eye on average usage and see if it is higher than usual or you can turn off the water supply and see if the meter continues to tick upward.
  • Low Water Pressure: If your water pressure is significantly lower than usual, there is a reason! Water is going somewhere so if it isn’t being directed to your faucet or shower head it is being lost somewhere along the way, likely behind walls.

Why it is Always Better to Call a Plumber for Water Leaks 

The internet is full of budget DIY ideas about how to fix a leaking pipe but these aren’t much more than a bandaid. Sure, you can wrap tape around the pipe or slather on epoxy putty and it might slow the drip but using superficial solves will only lead to serious water damage later on. Sure, there are times when fixing a leak is as simple as turning the valve to tighten It but wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry? Leave the pipe repair to the pros and rest easy knowing that your plumbing problem is being fixed properly.

Plumbing experts put their experience to use identifying visible signs of leaks and the common causes of them, as well as using specialty testing to track down potential problems that you can’t see. Don’t destroy walls or pull up flooring when you don’t have to. Technicians at Pete & Son are able to identify and isolate the damaged section of a pipe and organize repairs. Careful planning before taking action means less disruptive services.

Dealing with leaky appliances? Even with a manufacturer’s instruction manual, anytime there is a water hookup it is never a good idea to take a DIY approach. Something as simple as forgetting to shut off the water supply when doing a repair can mean warped flooring, water stains and damage to surrounding areas.

Professional plumbers will assess the current state of your plumbing systems, identifying signs of leaks but they don’t stop there. A patch job for your current problem is good but diagnosing the root cause of an issue and coming up with a preventative maintenance plan is better! Contact an experienced plumber at the first sign of water leaks to create a plan that mitigates risk of future damage, keeps costs down and gives you peace of mind.

Water Leak Repair: Let Your Local Plumber Do the Job