Leaking pipes are one of the major sources of plumbing problems in homes and businesses. Constantly running water or dripping can cause costly water damage and require expensive repairs, in addition to driving up your water bills! What’s more, leaks can lead to pipe or fixture corrosion over time, resulting in serious damage to your plumbing system. While leaks can often go unnoticed for weeks, it’s very important that you get leaks taken care of as soon as possible. GEM’s expert plumbers are here to help resolve any of your plumbing issues, including leaks and drips.
No one likes to hear the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet, but did you know that a small leak could actually be a sign of a more serious issue? As pipes age, they begin corroding, which causes leaks and many more problems. If you’re worried about leaking pipes, be on the lookout for these signs.
Signs of a Leaking Faucet
- Drips: Can you hear or see signs of a drip? A leak is probably nearby. Listen closely in frequently used rooms and regularly check in on rooms you don’t use as much
- Rust or water puddles: Rust and water puddles commonly show up at the base of your faucets, around drains in sinks, tubs, or showers, and on the floor below a faucet (including inside your cabinets). If you notice rust or water puddles, call GEM Plumbing right away.
- Higher water bill: Unexplained spikes in your water bill usually indicate that you may have a serious plumbing problem. Check around your house for signs of a leak
- Squeaky faucets: If your faucets make a squeaking noise when you turn them on or off, or are difficult to turn on or off completely, you could have a leak
- Mold or rotten food smell: Sometimes, you smell the effects of a leak before you see or hear anything. So if you smell something fishy, you should get it checked out immediately
Signs of a Leaking Toilet
- Noises: If your toilet is bubbling or groaning – or if you hear something odd coming from the pipes behind your toilet – you should get it checked out
- Mysterious water on the bathroom floor: Have you noticed an odd puddle in your bathroom? Sometime small amounts of water from leaky toilets can run down the grooves between your floor tiles or get soaked up by a bathmat. You could miss the early stages of a plumbing problem this way.
- Uneven floor tiles: If there’s a bump in your floor or tiles, you may have a water problem below the surface.
- Moldy or sewer gas smells: While your bathroom may not always smell like it was just cleaned, a strong odor such as sewer gas or mold could be a warning sign of a bigger issue
Signs of a Leaking Water Heater
- Small puddles or excess moisture near the water heater tank
- Raised floor tiles or uneven flooring near the base of the water heater
- Noises like dripping water or unusual sounds from the water heater
- Lack of hot water or a restricted supply
If you have a serious leak, turn off the water supply to that appliance or to your home until a plumber can come resolve the issue. Call GEM today at (833) 222-2953.