Water damages can be a serious problem-especially if they are left to their own devices over an extended period of time. In fact, some mold and mildew issues that result from water damages to the structure can cost more money to repair than it would be just to tear down and start over from scratch. If you answer yes to any of the following eight questions, then it’s probably a good time to call a plumber.
Is there Puddles of Water where there shouldn’t be any?
If you’ve got unidentified puddles of water in the house and it’s not raining outside, it’s a good idea to turn off the main water supply to the house and call a plumber.
Is the Water Pressure Unnaturally Low?
Sudden dips in water pressure may mean that more serious problems like a burst pipe are taking place. But that’s not always the case. Check your well pump for leaks or electrical troubles or call your local water utility service before you call a plumber.
Are there Sinkholes or other Depressions forming in your Yard?
When the ground starts to sink-even just a few inches-it could mean that you have a small underground leak in a water main or irrigation line. Have a plumber do a thorough check on all lines to ensure that no underground water leaks are present.
Is Your Water Heater Corroded or Rusting?
Whether your water heater is just a few years old or a dozen, rust and corrosion is taking place every day. Check the bottom, sides and fittings around your water heater. If you see any signs of corrosion, it’s a good idea to have it checked out or replaced before a water leak or fire hazard occurs when you’re not at home.
Is there Mold on your Walls/Ceilings/Floors?
Moisture loving mold is tough to get rid of when it happens, and the only sure-fire way to get rid of it is to get rid of the water source that it lives off of. If there is even the tiniest of leak behind walls, under flooring or in ceilings, mold can thrive. Have a professional plumber check your plumbing wherever moldy areas are prominent.
Do you have Banging Water Pipes?
Plumbing pipes may be attached loosely to the interior walls. A simple water hammer arresting device can be installed to prevent banging and clanging of noisy water pipes.
Do you have a Leak in the Main Line?
A simple way to test this problem is to turn off the main shutoff valve to your houses water supply. Now check your water meter. If the numbers are still turning on the water meter, then you’ve got a leak in the main line that requires a professional plumber to make immediate repairs.
Do you have a Leaky Faucet/Toilet?
No need to replace the entire toilet or faucet. Many times a simple leaky faucet can be repaired by replacing the old valve. Most plumbers can fix these issues cheaper than it costs to replace them yourself.