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How to Determine If There’s a Leak Behind Your Walls

The Importance of Inspecting for Water Leaks

Water leaks require immediate attention. Standing water can cause significant damage to your property and cultivate mold. If left untreated for too long, mold spores can spread around your home and negatively impact your health.

A leak occurring behind your walls or underneath your floor in a crawl space is a significant hazard that needs immediate repair. Detecting unseen leaks before it is too late will save you money and hassle in the long run. Unfortunately, there are occasions when homeowners are not aware they have a water leak until the damage occurs.

At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Virginia Beach, our experts can inspect your home and determine if there is a leak quickly. To do so, however, you need to have a reasonable suspicion to give us a call in the first place. Today, we will go over some telltale clues and signs of an unseen leak.

Common Signs of a Water Leak

It can be difficult to detect a water leak invisible to the naked eye. Hopefully, you will be able to deduce an issue before it is too late by paying close attention to the following signs:

  • Warped & soggy surfaces – If your drywall, ceiling, or flooring looks warped and spongy, there may be an underlying leak. We highly recommend reaching out to a professional plumber to investigate this.
  • A musty scent – Another faculty you can count on is your sense of smell. If you notice your home is smelling fusty, there may be a leak and mold growth.
  • Discolored surfaces – A leak water pipe inside your walls can cause discoloration. Look out for smeared wallpaper patterns, dampened spots, and peeling paint or wallpaper.
  • Mold in unexpected spaces – Mold is common where water is present. It usually thrives in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. However, there is probably a leak if mold appears in bedrooms and living rooms. Mold in such places could indicate a leaky pipe.
  • Dripping sounds – Sound can also provide a source of alarm. Call a plumbing professional immediately if you hear continual dripping even after turning off all water faucets.
  • High water bill – A leak can cause a monthly water bill to rise exorbitantly. As water gushes out underground pipes, money is running down the drain. While an unusually high water bill can be due to numerous issues, it’s often a sign of a leak.
  • Wet walls & pooling water – It is wise to check nearby appliances and pipes when you notice water in a specific area. Nevertheless, the source of the problem can be quite far away. In some scenarios, water from leaking pipes can travel down the piping before affecting surfaces and leaking into your property.

How To Investigate Water Leaks

To troubleshoot a water leak, we recommend turning off the water in all your home and writing down the water meter’s exact number. Make sure you don’t use any water for the following few hours. After a few hours have elapsed, recheck the water meter and compare its current number to the number you already recorded. Any change will indicate a leak in your plumbing system.

If the water meter’s readout is the same, we recommend inspecting your roof, ceiling, gutters, and downspouts for possible leaks. Water can also accumulate and slowly seep into your home when gutters and downspouts get clogged with leaves. The final possible reason for unexplained water in your home is a leak in the foundation or foundation walls. Call a professional to check the situation out.

Let Us Check for Water Leaks Inside Your Walls

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Virginia Beach specializes in finding hard-to-reach water leaks and delivering durable repairs. We will go through numerous steps before cutting into drywall and making a mess. Utilizing industry-grade tools and best-in-class techniques, we try less invasive alternatives first.

You can count on our qualified plumbers to first use:

  • Moisture meters – A moisture meter is an excellent device for pinpointing the area of a leak. By pointing the meter at various surfaces, we can locate potential leaks by finding the highest reading.
  • Infrared cameras – Our infrared cameras can detect cold areas in a wall. Wet surfaces are generally colder than dry surfaces – appearing blue or purple.

We promise to cut into your drywall only as a last resort. Our professionals will minimize damage by cutting in strategic areas that maximize our ability to investigate the situation. We realize that water can drip and slide down piping for some distance. Deploying expertise and experience, we will get to the bottom of the issue as efficiently as possible.

Let us check for leaks today! Give us a call at (757) 694-4625 or contact us online to schedule an appointment!

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