Winter is here in Bergen County, NJ, which means that leaks and similar issues with your plumbing become a major problem. Cold temperatures can exacerbate already damaged pipes, leading to trouble where you least suspect it. Burst pipes and similar obvious problems are bad enough, but even worse are hidden leaks in your crawlspaces or similar out-of-the-way locations, which can go weeks or months without detection and cause considerable damage in the process. You can help yourself out by knowing how to detect hidden plumbing leaks, then contacting a qualified plumbing technician immediately upon detecting the leak.
CHECK THE METER
The easiest means of detecting a hidden plumbing leak if you suspect one is to check your meter, then shut off all the water in your home – or even just refrain from using any water for any reason in your home – for a few hours and check the meter again. If it’s gone up, then you’ve used water and there’s a leak somewhere.
GET AN AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF VALVE
An automatic shut-off valve does more than just detect the presence of a leak. When water flow exceeds a certain amount – in order words, when a leak appears – it automatically shuts off water to your whole home. This can be a mild nuisance, but it also alerts you to the problem immediately. More importantly, it limits the damage the leak can cause, ensuring that the repair cost doesn’t get out of hand while you summon a plumber to help.
LOOK FOR MOLD AND MILDEW
Pinhole leaks and other small leaks can result in the growth of mold and bacteria, which give off a terrible smell, and can create soft spots in wood or other furnishings. This usually appears only after the leak has had time to do damage.
If you’re concerned about hidden plumbing leaks, call the pros at BZ Dependable today!