Sometimes, a water leak isn’t evident and can go undetected. Sometimes there are visible signs such as discoloration of paint on the walls, soft spots on the drywall or cabinets, brown spots or water dripping from the ceiling. Water leaks are a significant source of wasted money for many Florida homeowners. A typical water leak can cause you to lose thousands of gallons of water per year, which is why it’s crucial to identify and fix water leaks as soon as possible. At Titan Plumbing and Electric, our expert technicians know exactly what to look for and where to look to find hidden leaks. Call us today!
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How to Spot a Water Leak
As mentioned, some water leaks aren’t readily apparent, but there are signs to watch for telling you that you have a water leak somewhere in the system. The best way to know you have an undetected leak is to check your water bills and see if they’re going up. Next, if you suspect a leak, stop using water in the house and take two meter readings an hour apart. If you’re not using any water, the meter shouldn’t register usage. If it does, call a plumber and ask about their water leak repair services. Other ways to spot a leak is to watch for mold buildup or over-saturated areas of your lawn.
Does Insurance Cover Water Leaks?
If you’ve suffered damage because of an undetected water leak, it’s natural to turn to your homeowners’ insurance for assistance. While all policies are different, most cover water damage if it’s accidental. However, most policies don’t cover leaks that result from poor maintenance or neglect. For example, if you fail to upgrade your aging pipes and they rupture, insurance may not cover it. Talk to your insurance company to find out for sure.
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How to Prevent Water Leaks
The best way to deal with water leaks is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Here are a few tips to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.
- Insulate pipes against freezing during winter.
- Turn off your hose bibs and valves to prevent freezing.
- Keep your plumbing clean with regular professional drain cleaning.
- Monitor things like water usage and water pressure and call for help when you notice something odd.
- Replace aging pipes to prevent bursts.
If you notice signs of a water leak, but don’t see any water, call Titan Plumbing and Electric for help right away.