Maintaining Your Home for the Long-Term
There is possibly no worse feeling than noticing spots and signs of a plumbing leak in your home. For many, they are able to find these leaks early enough that minimal, if any damage is done to their property. However, for some, they don’t find leaks until much later after a significant amount of damage has happened. If you are concerned about a plumbing or water leak on your property, contact Freedom Flow Plumbing and Heating Services. We offer leak detection for Clifton Township and Scranton, PA homes. Call us at (570) 903-3199 to get started.
Signs of a Plumbing Leak
How do you know when you need leak detection and possible repair services? That’s a great question. More often than not, you’ll know when there is a leak in your home, however, it can be hard to differentiate leaks from general wear and tear. Here are a few things to look for in and around your home to determine if you have a plumbing leak.
- Mold: Inside your home, a clear indication of a leak is mold. This happens because moisture is getting trapped and there is little to no circulation. In turn, mold develops causing damage and risking your health and safety.
- Soft Spots: If you suspect a leak in your walls or foundation, check for soft spots. These are areas that, when you press on them, they give a little. This is very concerning for areas where there should be no give or movement.
- Bubbling Paint/Dark Spots: Sometimes you may notice dark spots forming on your ceiling or paint bubbling near the corners. These are indications of a leak or at least of excessive moisture.
- Bad Smells: Often when there is a leak, you can tell because of the foul smell or odor. This is usually because of mold, but there is also a musty odor associated with leaks. If you are smelling that indoors or in certain areas of your property, there may be a leak.
- Sunken Areas: Outside, pay attention for sunken land or even sinkholes. These form because the ground is soft and waterlogged, it collapses in on itself. This is dangerous for a number of reasons and needs to be corrected as soon as possible.
- Water Ponding: When there is a leak underground, water may pond or pool around the leaking area. You’ll be able to see this when or if the water doesn’t naturally drain away. If you do notice water pooling, contact a plumber as soon as possible.
So, how much does leak detection cost? The final price for this kind of service varies based on a number of factors. If there is a leak inside your home, the price may be similar to a roof flashing repair service. However, if your leak is outside or you need leak detection on water mains and lines, that price will more than likely be higher.
How Accurate is Leak Detection, Really?
Leak detection is quite accurate, regardless of the method of choice. When trying to find a leak you can read the water meter, use food coloring, utilize electronic equipment and more. But what causes pipes to leak? That comes down to a number of things. It could be old age, tree roots, clogs, frozen/burst pipes, and so on. Because there are a variety of causes for plumbing leaks, it’s important to talk to a plumber about what is going on. This is because, if you need clogged drain repair, you more than likely won’t need leak detection services. It can be pretty obvious what the problem is. Still, there can be issues that will require additional services and leak detection. Either way, make sure to discuss your options with a licensed plumber. For that, rely on Freedom Flow Plumbing and Heating Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does leak detection cost?
- The final cost will depend on a number of factors. How far out the leak is, the type of leak, and what type of equipment is needed. Generally speaking, though, homeowners should budget between $75 and $350.
- How does plumbing leak detection work?
- There are different methods for finding leaks. Electronic leak detectors use sound to find the leak. The detection device picks up on specific sounds that are unique to the system of plumbing. If there is a leak, it will be able to locate where it is occurring in your pipes.
- How do I find a leak in my plumbing?
- One of the most effective ways of finding a leak yourself is to check the water meter. There is a dial on the meter that will indicate if there is a leak before or after the meter. That will determine if you or the city is responsible for repairing it.
- How do you know if you have a water leak underground?
- The main indication of underground leaks is water ponding. If you are noticing water that isn’t draining from certain spots, you likely have a leak. When it comes to your slab or foundation, look for perpetually wet or soft spots. This could possibly mean a slab leak.
Call Us Today to Schedule an Appointment
Ready to start repairing and maintaining your home? If so, contact Freedom Flow Plumbing and Heating Services about leak detection in Clifton Township and Scranton, PA. We’re available now at (570) 903-3199.