Common Hidden Plumbing Leaks Around the Home

The easiest way to find leaks in your plumbing system is to completely shut off the water and leave it that way for about two hours. Check your water meter before and after - if there's any discernible change, you've got a leak somewhere in the system. From there, hiring a professional leak detection service can isolate the problem and allow you to limit the repairs needed to restore the efficiency of your plumbing system. These are the most common hidden leaks in the home:

Running Toilets

You can usually hear it when your toilet system is running on full-blast, but seeping, slow leaks can cause big problems for your water bill. A relatively cheap replacement that you can do yourself, replacing the toilet flapper can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Leaky Sinks

The rim of your sink is common due to broken or damaged seals at the edges of your sink that can cause damage to your cabinets and countertops. Using some waterproof caulk and applying it around the edge of the sink can quickly fix the issue.

Excess Water or "Splash Leaks"

When water splashes out from behind your shower curtains, the water doesn't always evaporate. Water can leak through your flooring and cause rot, mold, and structural damage to your home. Repositioning the showerhead (or replacing it with a better one) can fix the splashing, but sinks and faucets are also primary causes of splash damage. Again, applying caulk around the base of your tub, shower, enclosures, and sink can prevent some seepage.

For more information on simple plumbing repairs or if you have a more major issue, contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating today. Our experienced plumbers can diagnose and repair moderate to severe plumbing issues in both residential and commercial buildings. Don’t wait for the damage to get worse – call us today!

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