As professional plumbers, we often come across gradual leaks. But do you know what to look out for to prevent or treat them in your home?
In this article, we’ll go through everything you need to know about gradual leaks, including common causes and when to contact the experts at RPG Plumbing.
Gradual Leaks: What Are They & What Causes Them?
Gradual leaks are leaks that happen gradually, when water drips, sprays or runs slowly but constantly. There are a number of things that can cause gradual leaks including (but not limited to):
– faulty plumbing parts
– deterioration due to age of plumbing or house
– dodgy workmanship (not something you have to worry about when you work with us)
Are Gradual Leaks a Big Problem?
Gradual leaks may not seem like a big problem and in and of themselves, and they may not be.
But not only can gradual leaks waste a lot of water (something you’ll want to address when looking to improve sustainability practices), they can lead to sudden burst pipes, which we all know is a huge problem and something you want to avoid at all costs.
Signs of Gradual Leaks
One of the major issues of gradual leaks is that sometimes you can’t see them – or don’t know they exist – until it’s too late. There are, however, some things you can keep an eye out for:
Mould Spores or Water Stains
If you have mould spores or water staining on your plasterboard or ceiling with no known cause, you may be looking at a gradual leak.
Lifting Skirting or Flooring
Water damage caused by gradual leaks can result in your skirting or flooring to lift. This is definitely when you want to contact a professional plumber to identify and fix the issue as soon as possible.
If you notice you have a lot of puddles – both in and outside your home – the problem may be a gradual leak. Instead of mopping up the excess water and moving on, it might be time to seek assistance.
Oxidation is where your plumbing starts to turn green or rusty. You want to address this quickly as it’s an indication of age (as well as a number of other issues) and could cause a gradual leak.
If your electrical system is, for no good reason – suddenly failing or short circuiting – you may be looking at a gradual water leak. This should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid other, more serious problems.
Structural damage is a clear indication you have a gradual leak. If this is present in your home, or you suspect a gradual leak, you’ll want to call a trusted plumber (like those on our team) immediately.
How to Detect or Prevent Gradual Leaks (When to Contact Us)
While there are certain things you can do to identify a gradual leak – including checking your water meter and comparing your water bills – the best method of prevention is preventative maintenance.
By investing in preventative maintenance and regular servicing for your plumbing, we will be able to ensure everything is in working order and detect issues before they become a problem.
To arrange an inspection for gradual leaks – or preventative maintenance to avoid such things – contact RPG Plumbing today.