Finding Your Plumbing Leak: Skip the Water Damage

Water damage can lead to prohibitively expensive furniture damage, ruined insulation, and other problems. That’s why it’s so important to quickly locate and address the source of any plumbing leak in your home. To help kick off your search, here is a short guide on locating leaks!

Why is My Ceiling Leaking?

A Man Catches Water from a Leak in the Ceiling

Fast Leak Detection Can Be the Difference Between Minor Repairs and Major Damage.

If the leak originates from your ceiling, there are a few potential reasons for it.

  • Rooftop Damage
  • HVAC System Malfunctions
  • Plumbing Issues

Check your attic. If the leak appears to be coming from the rooftop, you’ll want to call for a prompt roof inspection. Misplaced shingles or tile might not seem like a big issue, but sustained rooftop leaks can lead to extensive damage in your supports, insulation, and walls (on top of your ceiling). Old ceiling stains are much more likely to come from faulty roofing. Leaks in your HVAC system should be pretty easy to spot; just be on the lookout for loose fittings and degraded hardware.

Plumbing issues are even more serious, because a constant stream of leaking water can ruin good ceiling within minutes. Ceiling damage is often much more extensive with plumbing leaks. You’ll also want to make sure the water hasn’t leaked into the walls. If you believe plumbing is the problem, turn off your water as quickly as possible.

How Do You Find a Hidden Water Leak?

Some leaks are tucked away in hard to reach places. After turning off any active appliances, take a walk through your home and listen carefully. Be sure to visit every room. If you don’t hear or see signs of a leak, it might be outside the house.

Take a look at your meter and see if any water is still running. Check back in half an hour and see if the numbers have climbed at all. Finally, take a brief look around your yard for signs of underground leaks, particularly next to the main water line and sewer line. If you still can’t find the leak, it might be time to call for professional leak repair.

Schedule Your Ruptured Pipe Repair Today!

Having a plumbing leak stinks, but we’d love to help you take care of it! You can reach our team at Freedom Flow Plumbing and Heating Services by calling (570) 468-8217.