Angie’s List: How to Spot a Leak

By: Alli Mechanic Email
By: Alli Mechanic Email

If the sound of a dripping faucet or running toilet is a common sound in your home, you may be draining your savings without even realizing it.

According to Angie Hicks of Angie’s list, leaks can cause major damage to your home and require drywall repairs or even mold remediation.

“A leak behind a wall could require drywall repair. A small drywall repair job can cost as much as $400, not to mention if you end up with mold,” said Hicks. “For example, a mold remediation job can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.”

Although some leaks are small, it is best to tackle them immediately.

“Sometimes just a routine inspection of someone going into the crawl space and following the plumbing pipe and checking those pipes often is one good way to find a leak," explained Justin Dorsey, a plumbing contractor.

If there is no evidence of a leak under or above you home, and you don’t see a leak under your sink, or in the bathroom, look at your walls for clues.

“Easy signs of leaks in your house could be the fact that you have stains on your walls, if you have wallpaper that's buckling, or even a wooden floor that's buckling, or if you just smell a musty smell you need to have that investigated,” said Hicks.

If you have confirmed a leak, you will want to find a trustworthy plumber. Hicks explains that plumbers have to have a trade license in addition to a business license, so it is important to make sure the person you hire is completely covered.

Once you find the right plumber for your home, it is a good idea to have them check your other pipes after they fix the leak so that you don’t have to call them back soon.


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