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How to detect a water leak.

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Overview

Published: 01/24/2018 by Home Pros Guide

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The plumbing in your home, is part of an efficient, simple system.

However, this system needs maintenance to perform optimally, and it may require hiring a plumber for emergency assistance to stop a leak or prevent major damage to your home.

If left untreated, a plumbing leak can cause damage to your walls. When pipes running behind walls burst or begin to leak, they moisten the drywall; eventually, this moisture makes its way through the walls and produces wet spots.

Over time, the moisture may lead to black mold, requiring not only the services of a mold remediation company, but also requiring the removal of large wall sections.

Another concern is damage to flooring. Water always flows downhill, which means any leaks in a kitchen or bathroom will pool on and under your floors.

In a bathroom, you may notice loose tiles next to the tub or shower or along the tub edging. You might also see water on the floor after a bath or shower not due to spills or splashing.

In your kitchen, be on the lookout for warping or discolored floorboards, especially next to a dishwasher or fridge with a water line.

Plumbing leaks are always better tackled immediately; time left untreated is proportional to damage.

Homeowners need to watch for potential problems. If you see any of the signs listed above, consider hiring a professional plumber, they can assess the level of damage and make the appropriate repairs.