Leak Detection & Repair Service
At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we want to be sure that you understand what to look for as far as leak detection goes. Of course, any time you suspect a leak, it’s best to call the plumbing professionals, but what if you don’t know what to look for in the first place? The following are some signs that you should contact us for leak repair in Seattle.
- Bubbles, Blisters, and Cracks – These attributes are not normal for your walls, whether you have wallpaper, stain, or paint. Often, this means that water is collecting from the back, putting pressure on the wall.
- Increased Water Bill – If you haven’t made any drastic changes of water you use in a month, but the water bill continues to rise, there is more than likely a hidden leak.
- Mold and Mildew – This is perfectly normal if it is in the deep corners of your shower and is easy to clean up. However, if the mold and mildew are around the edges of the room where the walls meet the ceiling, or anywhere on walls and ceilings, there could be moisture (a leaky pipe) behind that area.
- Musty Smells – When a pipe is broken, there will often be hidden mold. Fortunately, this creates a musty smell that helps in leak detection.
- Stains and Sags – A ceiling shouldn’t become stained or saggy on its own. If it is, and in particular on the ceiling directly below a room with plumbing, there is more than likely a leak. Leak repair may include more than just the ceiling, as the water is probably running down behind the walls as well.
- Wet Floors – One obvious sign of a leaky pipe is if the floor is wet. Regular use of the shower will create some water, but if there is any pooling beyond that, it should be looked at more in depth.
How to Prevent a Leak
There is nothing worse than discovering a leak that has gone unnoticed for quite awhile. Thankfully, many leaks can be prevented with a few simple steps. First, you want to check your water pressure. When pressure is too high, it can put unnecessary stress on your joints and valves. Purchase a hose bib gauge from your local hardware store. Attach to your pipe, sink, or other fixture and measure the pressure. A normal reading should be between 40 and 85 psi. By keeping the pressure within the normal range, you can prevent leaks from forming. Additionally, a general inspection under sinks and where plumbing connections are located can help you identify a small leak before it becomes a big problem.
Contacting the Professionals
Whether you’re certain you need leak repair, or want another opinion, contact the Seattle professionals for leak detection at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer. Just fill out our online form or give us a call today at 206-440-9077.