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3 Signs There's a Leak in Your Plumbing

September 01, 2016

Water leaks can wreak havoc on your home, often causing damage that's difficult and costly to repair. However, sometimes it's hard to know there's a leak until the damage has already been done. If you suspect you are in need of leak repair in the plumbing of your Santa Fe, New Mexico, home - or you simply want to know how to spot one before it becomes a larger issue - take a look at these three signs you should keep in mind:

You hear a hissing sound

Whether you live in a brand new house or one that's a century old, your plumbing may make a multitude of noises, from clanking to gurgling and more. However, there's one sound in particular you should listen for that could indicate a leak: hissing. Hissing is typically a sign a valve isn't closing properly in some part of your plumbing - homeowners often notice the sound in their toilet tank or coming from their water heater. If the sound is coming from your toilet, put a couple of drops of food coloring in your tank, then watch the bowl to see if the color leaks into the water there. If it does, you have a leak.

You see mildew, mold or other signs of water damage

Mildew and mold grow from excessive dampness, humidity and standing water, so if you have a leak in your home that causes any of these, mold and mildew are a surefire sign of it. You should also look for dark spots on your ceiling (especially if they're growing larger), dimpling wall paper, peeling paint or warping floors - any of these could be caused by water damage from a leak.

Your water bill increases

The plumbing that runs throughout and around people's homes is extensive, so sometimes the only way someone knows there's a leak is because his or her water bill starts to increase. If you believe you may have one, here's a handy way to confirm it: Look at your main water meter, and write down the level you see. Then, turn off your main shut-off valve for several hours and don't use any water during this time. Check the meter again - if it's lower than it was before, you have a leak.

Call a professional

If you aren't sure whether you have a leak or not - or you know you have one but you aren't sure how to fix it - a local Santa Fe Roto-Rooter professional can help. He or she will be able to track down the leak and repair it quickly

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