A water leak in your home can cause more problems than dipping deep into your wallet. An undetected leak can soften your home’s framing and floorboards, which leads to soft spots in your home’s support system. If left unattended, these leaks will cause major damage that is much more costly than the initial repair. Commercial plumbers in Austin, TX can help you identify trouble areas and fix them before they become troublesome.
At Economy Plumbing Services, we want to help you make sure that the water lines and pipes in and around your home are functioning properly. We’ve included four of the most common leaks residents encounter in the Austin area.
Faucet, shower, and bathtub leaks
Of all the leaks you’ll find in your home, your faucets, showers, and bathtubs are the most likely. Fortunately, these are typically the easiest repairs. Dripping faucets in the sink or shower after the water has been completely turned off are indicators that there’s a problem. Of course, there will always be some residual dripping immediately after the water is turned off, but if this dripping persists for minutes or hours after, then you have a problem that needs to be looked at.
In addition to leaking into the sink, you might also notice water accumulating under your sink. Any items you keep under your sink will be wet when you go to use them or there might even be water dripping out of the cabinet area onto the floor.
A leaky bathtub or shower can be identified by water spots on the ceiling in the room below the tub, curling vinyl flooring, peeling or flaking paint, or mold near the tub. These can be signs of more severe damage in the home’s structure around the bathtub or shower.
Water supply line leaks
A water supply line leak can be difficult to identify because it is typically buried several feet underground. A severe leak will be evidenced by water that seeps up to the surface. You’ll find damp soil or even puddles directly above where the water lines run. A leak can also cause water to run back to the meter box. Standing water in the meter box could be an indicator of such a leak. You might also notice that you have low water pressure, discolored water, and a spike in your water bill.
Pool and fountain leaks
If you have a pool or fountain in your yard, the water level should stay relatively consistent. If you suddenly notice that the water is getting lower, this is the most obvious sign that you have a leak. Additional signs of a leak can include dirt in the pool or fountain, cracked or falling tile, unexpected wet spots in the yard, and algae. A plumber can help you test your pool to find out if the water level is dropping because of a leak or natural evaporation.
There are multiple places that your toilet can leak. From a worn-out rubber flapper to a crack in the tank to misaligned pipes and valves. If your toilet is leaking, you’ll notice that there is water around the base of the toilet or soft spots on the floor in the same area. In some cases, you might also smell sewer gas or constantly running water in the toilet’s tank.
Call for service
If you’re worried about any water leaks in your home, don’t hesitate and call Economy Plumbing Services today. We’re based in Austin, TX, and proudly serve the area with commercial plumbers from the area. Schedule your service quickly by calling our team at 512-649-2811.