You might think that your home’s plumbing is in good shape for the upcoming winter, but what happens when sneaky water leaks develop and you don’t notice for months? With extensive water damage, mold, and foul odors, undetected leaks can wreak havoc on your home.
A professional leak detection service can expose some of the more common leak culprits around your home before any significant damage occurs. Find out more about some of the most common leaks and how early detection can make your life much easier this winter.
Extra Hot Water Demands
The winters don’t get very cold in sunny Miami, FL, but hot showers still feel great when there’s a little chill. In winter, more people tend to be in the house, increasing the demand placed on your hot water tank. Water heaters have about a 10-year lifespan, and it’s easy to forget about the unit as it approaches the end of its useful life.
A faulty water heater is one of the more common leaks and causes of water damage and flooding in homes. The leaks often start with just a few drips, and it’s not always easy to tell where the water leak originated. Depending on its location in your home, a leaking water heater could cause severe water damage if not detected and resolved quickly.
Kitchen Plumbing and the Winter Holidays
Holiday gatherings and cooking can cause significant problems for your Miami home’s plumbing. When other people help with the kitchen cleanup, they might pour grease down the drain or put potato peels down the kitchen sink, both of which can clog up the drain and garbage disposal. Scraping starchy rice or pasta down the kitchen drain is another no-no because it swells up in the pipes and creates a gelatinous mess of a clog.
More showers during the winter can turn a slow shower drain into a clog. Triggered by higher winter usage, as pipes close up and clogs get worse, they cause trapped air and lead to a bigger problem: burst pipes, leaks, and possible flooding in your home.
Sneaky Leaks are a Bad Holiday Gift
Many homes in Miami are built on concrete slabs with underground plumbing pipes. When one of these pipes springs a leak, you might never even see evidence of the leak until it has caused much water damage. Slab leaks are relatively common. Sometimes, the only signs are a water bill that suddenly jumps higher or the sound of water running even when everything is turned off.
As water seeps out of the pipe, it can find its way under carpets or flooring and cause mold, mildew, and foul odors with no apparent source. As the leaks worsen, you might find your flooring has started to buckle. This situation is not a gift that anyone wants during the winter holidays!
Catch Leaks Early with Leak Detection Service
As part of pre-winter maintenance for your home, schedule a leak detection service with our professional plumbers at Leak1 Miami. We employ state-of-the-art equipment to detect leaks in all areas of your home. Early detection can save you money on repairs and minimizes the potential damage to your home’s structure.
It might be time for a leak detection service if you have slow drains, an older water heater, or any other plumbing issues. Our expert, non-invasive detection process will help us find and repair leaks in your home so you can have peace of mind and enjoy a safe, comfortable winter season. Call Lions Leak Detection for your service today!