Signs you have a pipe leak
You probably have a pipe leak if you notice the signs below:
- A spike in water bills. If you notice a significant increase in your water bill, and you haven’t used more water than you normally do, a leak could be the problem.
- Water pooling where it shouldn’t. Water puddles near a plumbing fixture (that you haven’t recently used) usually mean you have a pipe leak. If you see water puddling in your yard, you could have a leak in your water main or sewer line.
- Cracks in the foundation. When water leaks into your foundation, the moisture makes the concrete expand and eventually crack. If you start to notice cracks in your foundation that you don’t think are from old age, they could be caused by a leak.
- Water damage on ceilings and walls. If you start seeing brown water spots on your ceilings or walls, or if they start warping, sagging or bubbling from moisture, you probably have a leak.
- Warped or warm flooring. If you have a leak in your slab foundation, wood floors in your home may start to warp from the excess moisture. If the leak is coming from a hot water pipe, your wood, tile or linoleum flooring might start to feel warmer than normal.
- Mold and mildew spots. Mold and mildew grows in moist areas, so if you see mold spots on a wall that doesn’t normally get a lot of moisture, that’s usually a sign of a pipe leak.
How your pipe leak repair works
1) Schedule your appointment
Call us at (704) 357-0484 or contact us online (we’ll get back to you within 5 minutes) to schedule an appointment day and time that works for you. You’ll get a confirmation email with a picture of your plumber, so you know who’s coming to your home.
2) Get your pipe leak fixed—fast
We know a pipe leak repair can be hard on your schedule. That’s why we keep our trucks fully stocked with tools and parts—so we’re prepared to fix your pipe leak in just one visit. You rarely have to book a second appointment with us.
3) Tell us how we did
If we weren’t easy to do business with, we want to know why. After your pipe leak repair, we’ll make sure you have the chance to talk with us if you had any issues.
How to detect water leaks
Think you might have a pipe leak? Follow the steps below to test for a leak in your home’s plumbing.
1. Turn off all water appliances and fixtures in your home, so no water is running.
2. Locate your water meter. They’re normally located outside near a driveway or along the boundary of your property. Yours probably had some kind of plastic or metal cover labeled “Water Meter”.
3. Remove the cover. You can normally just lift the cover off, but you might need a screwdriver to remove a screw holding it in place.
4. Check your meter for a leak. Depending on your type of meter, you can check for leaks 2 different ways:
- Look for a small round or triangle-shaped dial. This rotates when water is flowing in your home. If it’s spinning, that means you have a leak somewhere.
- If your meter doesn’t have a dial, it should have a series of numbers. Record the number, then come back in an hour or 2 to record the number again. Make sure you don’t use any water during this time. If the number increased, you probably have a leak.
If you think you have a leak, call a professional plumber. They’ll be able to pinpoint the leak’s location and repair it for you.