Seattle, WA Emergency 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.
Slab Leak Detection
Even the slightest bit of water in your home can cause serious plumbing issues. A slab leak is a potential leak that requires immediate professional attention. A slab leak occurs when a water supply pipe or drainage pipe underneath the concrete slab of your home breaks, cracks, or bursts. These holes are not from the slab itself, but rather the pipes encased in or underneath the concrete slab. Due to the concrete, locating the source of the leak is a challenging task.
Tracking a leak starts with you, though. Be proactive. If you hear the sound of water running without any faucets turned on, chances are you have a leak. A spinning water meter, cracks in the walls, mildew, or the smell of sewage are often telltale signs of a slab leak, too. Listen and watch for these symptoms. Doing so may save you a lot of time and money. Give us a call right away!
Benefits of Early Leak Detection
A leak in your home’s plumbing system is troublesome. It’s also a common occurrence, however. Whether through age, neglect, or unforeseen circumstances, leaks may plague our plumbing. Your best and most affordable bet is to find the issue early and then a solution. Raymark Plumbing can help.
While common, a leak can grow exponentially. When it does, you’re looking at severe plumbing problems that may go undetected for too long. If that’s the case, your home is likely to experience water damage, odd smells, and clogged pipes. Such issues will then lead to costly repairs. If you’re a homeowner on a budget, spending hundreds per month on plumbing repairs is likely not possible. Early detection will minimize damage, reduce the need for repairs, and save you money in the long-run. You can avoid permanent damage to your home’s floors and walls by acting fast. It takes just one phone call to Raymark Plumbing!
Detecting Water Leaks Under Concrete
A water leak in your home can quickly become a severe plumbing problem. One leak may require immediate attention to prevent worsening conditions. However, a slab leak is worrying enough to warrant an emergency plumbing call. The leak is not actually in the slab, but in the pipes encased in or underneath the concrete slab.
If left untreated, you’re looking at expensive repairs to both your slab and plumbing system. Detection is crucial. To locate a leak, you’ll want to call Raymark Plumbing. We’ll use innovative technology and extensive industry training to track down the issue. The first sign of a slab leak is typically the sound running water, or perhaps a higher-than-average monthly bill. If you notice these symptoms, call us promptly. We’ll find the source of the leak, then find a solution. A broken pipe can be replaced, but your home is not easily replaced. Act fast to reduce repairs!
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.