Leak Repair in Columbus

Columbus Plumbing Leak Repair

The average house in the Columbus area consumes around 400 gallons of water each day. Water is used for all sorts of activities, from cleaning dishes to taking a shower and flushing the toilet. The complex plumbing system that runs through the home delivers water where you need it, when you need it – but when a pipe is damaged, it can cause leaks that stop equipment from doing its job.

When corrosion forms on a pipe or other damage occurs, this problem often causes a small leak to develop. Over time, leaks grow into something larger, producing significant water waste which can also damage the house. Water stains are noticeable signs of a leak that requires repair, but it is not always possible to access the pipe that needs to be fixed.

Buckeye Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s team of professional Columbus plumbers are trained to find areas where hidden leaks lurk and repair this damage so your plumbing system functions correctly in the future and no further damage is done to your home. Homeowners need to be mindful of the signs that indicate a water leak has occurred in the home, because a hole in a pipe isn’t always visible. When you notice drips of water, rust, or other damage, be sure to contact Buckeye Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to schedule leak repair services right away.

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Don’t Ignore Water Leaks

Plumbing system water leaks are a serious issue no matter how large or small the leak is. Even a small leak requires immediate repair.

Contact a plumber to locate any leak within your home and perform the work necessary to fix it. If you choose to ignore water leaks and put off repairs, the issue can snowball and create larger problems in your home, such as:

  • Leaks can lead to significant water waste. Each drip that goes down the drain equals a loss of the energy required to filter the water and make it potable. Leaks hurt the environment and are not healthy for the planet.
  • The waste from water leaks is not only bad for the environment, but bad for your budget as well. You still have to pay for the water that is wasted down your drains from a leaky faucet or toilet. If you don’t get that leak fixed quickly, you’ll be paying for it.
  • Leaking plumbing can lead to mold growth inside your home. When water saturates with wood and drywall, mold can easily start to form. It can also spread to other areas of your house, causing further damage.
  • When water leaks onto areas of the floor, gravity will pull it through the gaps between floorboards, tiles, and other materials. Moisture will be trapped under your flooring, which can damage this material, cause harm to your foundation, and cause mold to grow here, too.
  • Leaks behind walls can cause your drywall to crumble. Most of the home’s plumbing piping is installed behind walls so we cannot see it. If a pipe bursts or even forms a small leak, water can soak into the drywall as well as the surrounding wood, degrading these materials to the point where they soften and eventually collapse.

Water leaks can occur in a number of areas throughout the house and you are not always able to notice when they start. While it’s easy to see a leak in a pipe that is accessible, leaks in walls or slab leaks within the foundation are completely hidden from sight. Leaks in these areas can be a problem for years before you ever find out about them, causing serious damage to the home during this period.

For this reason, it is important that Columbus homeowners are able to identify obvious signs a leak has occurred anywhere within their house. When these issues are identified, call Buckeye Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to request an appointment for leak repair services right away.

Signs & Symptoms of a Leak

Water leaks may be minor, releasing only a drop of water every few seconds; or major, creating a flood of water that is quite obvious. Unfortunately, the majority of the most devastating leaks and the resulting damage are those that don’t produce signs right away. These are the water leaks that can go undetected for long periods of time while they continue to inflict harm to the home behind the scenes.

Find leaky plumbing equipment before serious damage occurs when you know what to look for. These signs share it’s time to start repairing your pipes and fixtures.

  1. If your monthly water bill is higher than it normally is, this is a good sign that water is leaking somewhere in the house. Track your water bills from one year to the next, and keep copies so you can compare them historically. If you cannot identify a clear reason for an increase in water use, like hosting guests or adding a new plumbing appliance, there is a good chance that a leak is responsible for the increase.
  2. Take a look at your home’s water meter. The water meter should stop if all sources of water are off inside the home. If you turn off every tap and plumbing appliance then go take a look at the water meter, continuous ticking is a sign that water is still flowing somewhere you don’t know about.
  3. Does your home smell wet, like mustiness or mildew? These odors indicate mold is growing somewhere inside. If you cannot seem to get rid of these odors no matter how much you clean, it’s likely that mold or mildew has formed in hidden areas due to a water leak.
  4. When leaks occur in a home’s slab foundation, foundation cracks can occur out of nowhere. Cracks from settling are fairly common, but they are small and develop over time. If you notice a crack in the foundation that has popped up rather quickly, this is commonly an indicator of a leak in water lines running through the foundation.
  5. Water stains and puddles of water visible in the home are clear signs there is water leaking in a direct area.

Judging the Severity of Water Leaks

Water leaks don’t always require professional repairs to correct. Many homeowners in the Columbus area are capable of fixing minor water leaks. How do you know when a leak can be fixed through DIY methods or when calling a plumber is more appropriate? It comes down to the severity of the leak, as this should impact your approach to fixing it. Assess the leak in your home based on the following scenarios to decide your course of action.

No Structural Damage from the Leak

Any leak is inconvenient, but if leaking water has not generated significant damage, you may be able to locate it yourself and even fix it. If you find signs of a leak yet no major damage, here’s what you should do:

  • Move around your house, turning off each source of water. This will help you identify where the leak is coming from so you can inspect it.
  • If the leak is minor, you may be able to complete the repair process yourself.
  • If the leak appears major, you’ll know it’s time to call a plumber.
  • If you can’t find the leak at all you need a plumber’s help to identify this tough plumbing problem.

Minor Damage That Is Growing

If you have a leak that has imposed some minor damage on your home, it is only going to get worse over time. The leak may not appear like a big deal right now, but it will grow and become a major concern later on. These types of leaks are the ones that we tend to put off fixing, like a leaky showerhead.

What should you do about this leak? Turn off the main shutoff valve to your home’s water supply and clean up the damage that has been caused by the leak. This leak needs to be fixed now. If you are unable to correct it yourself, spend the money to have a plumber complete these projects.

Major Damage

A leak that causes quick and significant damage in your home requires immediate attention. Shut off the water supply at the main shutoff valve to prevent any more water from leaking into your living areas. Remove as much water from the area as possible, as quickly as possible. In these situations, it is appropriate to call your plumbing company and request emergency plumbing services. A plumber will be able to come out to your home rather quickly and perform leak detection services to pinpoint the leak’s location and its cause. Your plumber will complete repairs right away and help mitigate the damage already done inside your home.

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