During the winter months, it is not unusual for your plumbing system to take a beating from the weather. The cold temperatures and extra moisture can cause subtle problems that, if left unfixed, will quickly escalate into major problems.
One of the most common issues with your plumbing system is leaks. These are pesky little breakdowns that can really sneak up on you if you’re not paying attention.
If you know what to look for though, you can identify a leak quickly and before it escalates to a major problem and causes serious water damage to your home. Some of the most common places that leaks will spring up include:
- When you turn the bathroom or kitchen faucets on, you usually have a pretty specific task that you are trying to get done. And, if the little bit of water that trickles out the back of the faucet handle when the water is on doesn’t cause any interruption of that task – then it’s probably harmless, right? Wrong. These leaks need to be investigated by a professional as soon as you notice them.
- There are pipes installed in the walls all throughout your home. And, these pipes can develop leaks. So, how are you supposed to know if the pipe in your wall has a leak in it or not? Well, you listen to your plumbing system. If you toilet or sink gurgles or your faucet sputters when you turn it on, you probably have a leak in your system somewhere.
- Under your sink. No, the area under your sink is not just to store cleaning buckets and extra health and beauty products. There is actually a section of your plumbing under there, and it can develop a leak. Make it a point to add it to your calendar and check under your sinks at least once a month for any leaks that have developed.
The problem with leaks is, not only do you have a leak to deal with but, you have the water damage that goes along with it. Depending on how long the leak has been left unrepaired – the water damage can be extensive. Make sure to check on these areas of your plumbing system to find leaks and stop them before they get out of hand.