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Plumbing Leaks - Leaking Pipes

Busted Pipe or Plumbing Leaks?

All About Plumbing - Fairhope - Pipe Leak

A Burst pipe, exploding water heater, or a slow hidden drip from an appliance hose - plumbing leaks can be a nightmare for homeowners.  Some of the main causes of plumbing leaks are malfunctioning dishwashers, leaky washing machines and ice-makers, broken and backed-up toilets and sinks, bursting appliance hoses, leaky pipe fittings, and frozen or corroded pipes.

Plumbing leaks cause high water bills and property damage, waste fresh water, and fill up septic systems.   When water comes in contact with organic materials like wood or sheetrock, rot, mold, and mildew can take hold.  A water leak that gets into your foundation can undermine the whole structure.  Damp walls and beams can also attract damaging and unhealthy insects like termites and roaches.

Have a Hidden Water Leak?  If your water bill starts escalating, it could be a sign.  Check your water meter before and after a two hour period when no water is being used.  If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.  Little water leaks can add up fast - wasting thousands of gallons of fresh and causing extensive water damage leading to more expensive restoration bills.

A leaky faucet costs more than just money.  The USGS has a drip calculator that calculates the amount of water being wasted (kids’ love this project - counting the drips and entering the number.)

USGS Water Science School - Drip Calculator

Leaky Pipes?  Standing water is a common problem caused by a leaky or broken pipe. Excess water in a yard might come from a damaged sewer line and contain waste from the home. This is unhealthy for children and pets, and is a breeding ground for insects and germs. Call All About Plumbing Services immediately to avoid possibly contaminating near-by water sources.

Look for signs of leaks in exposed pipes. Signs of a leak include puddles of water and watermarks. Little leaks can cause extensive water damage leading to more expensive restoration bills. Corrosion of pipes can cause leaks and bad pipe connections if not corrected. A sign of corrosion is green stains around brass and copper fittings and on shutoff valves, and yellow or orange stains on old steel pipe.

Check for leaks around the tub by pressing on the tiles where they come in contact with the bathtub. If the wall is soft, there might be some water damage. Loose or hollow tiles can be an indication that there is, or was, a leak that has caused rotting underneath or behind the tile. Water that goes through the cracks will look like a plumbing leak on the ceiling below.

Push and pull gently on each toilet to see if it rocks or moves. Check around the base of the toilet for signs of water damage.  Inspect the tank and bowl for cracks or leaks. Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn tank parts. They're inexpensive and you'll notice a lower water bill once they're replaced.  One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak.  Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank and call All About Plumbing Services for a fast inexpensive repair.

Plumbing leaks cause high water bills and property damage, waste fresh water, and fill up septic systems.
Contact All About Plumbing Services @ 251-928-1188 or @ http://allaboutplumbinganddrains.com/contact-us


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