Experiencing a water leak in your home is frustrating at the very least. Besides causing extensive damage, a leak can also cost you a lot of money on your water bills. But do you know when to call a leak locator service? What does a leak detection company do?
Signs You Need a Leak Detection Company
The most common signs that you need a leak detection company include:
- Unusually high water bill
- Dripping faucets or leaky toilets
- Sound of water running when faucets are off
- Flooring feels warm or hot
- Odd smells and wet spots
Your Water Bill
An unusually high water bill is one of the first indications you have an undetected leak. If your water use has not increased but your bill has, chances are good you have a leak somewhere.
You can call your local water authority first after receiving a high water bill. They will come to your home and check your system. This service includes a water analysis and meter check. If it appears you have an unseen leak, they can confirm this for you, too. But they will not find or fix the leak.
A leak detection company provides full service. They find your leak for you when one is present. They can then promptly fix it.
Dripping Faucets or Leaky Toilets
It is easy to check a toilet for leaks. Having a leak in one toilet can waste multiple gallons of water each day. A dripping faucet is also wasteful, in addition to being annoying. If the leak is not in these visible areas, it can mean you have a leaky pipe under your home, in a wall, or in the ground.
Water Continuously Running
If you hear water running but no one is using the tap, you could have a leak. Another sign of a leak that makes a running water sound is low water pressure. You could even hear water flowing in the pipes, but not have good pressure through the faucet.
Floor Feels Warm or Hot
Does one area of your floor feel warmer or even hot compared to other areas? This can indicate a hot water leak beneath your flooring. You may even notice your pets going to this area to lie down. They like the warmth and will snuggle against it.
Odd Smells and Wet Spots
If you smell mold or mildew and notice wet spots indoors or around your home outside, you may have a leak. You should never hesitate to call a leak detection company when you smell mold, mildew or other odors indicating dampness. These growths in the area of a leak can negatively impact your health and cause a range of short- and long-term health conditions.
What is a leak detection company?
All of the above are reasons to call a leak detection company. Leak locator services specialize in finding and fixing leaks. They typically provide around-the-clock service for emergencies and can find your leak and repair it quickly.
Of course, your leak detection company must find your leak before they can repair it. This process of finding the problem involves eliminating good areas of your piping and focusing on places they suspect the leak is occurring. One method involves the use of electronic listening devices and non-toxic gases like carbon dioxide or helium to find your leak.
Your leak detection company pumps the non-toxic tracer gas into your plumbing through an outdoor faucet called the hose bib. The gas quickly travels through your plumbing and reaches the leak location. When it reaches the leak, the gas creates bubbles or fizzing in the water. The result looks and sounds much like a fizzy drink. Using an electronic listening device, the leak detection company pros hear the leak sounds.
After finding the leak, your leak locators develop a repair plan. They discuss this plan with you before performing the work to fix the problem.
Your South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia Leak Detection Company
If you suspect your South Carolina, North Carolina or southern Virginia home or commercial property has a water leak, call the experts at Leak Locators. Leak Locators has offices throughout these areas, providing prompt and courteous leak detection services. Find the location nearest you on our website or call us at (843) 655-5375.