Common Plumbing Leaks & Where to Find Them

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Plumbing issues can turn expensive quickly if not caught early. Here are some common areas where plumbing leaks can occur and what to look for to avoid disaster.

Toilets and Sinks

Periodically check around the base of your toilet and under the sinks in your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. Small pools of water or mold and mildew growth can indicate an issue.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine uses a substantial amount of water with every cycle. A small hole in the tubing or within the appliance itself can cause a major leak. Check behind your machine for signs of water or mold/mildew.

Water Heater

Your water heater has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. A leak can happen anytime, but the chances become higher over time with wear. Check for accumulated water underneath the tank. A hissing noise coming from the unit can also indicate a leak somewhere.

Outdoor Spigots

Your outdoor plumbing is more exposed to fluctuations in temperature which can result in leaks. Look for wet spots underneath the spigot itself and on both the interior and exterior walls. Moisture on the wall could indicate a broken pipe within the wall that could burst and cause flooding.

Showers and Bathtubs

Leaks around your showers and bathtubs can be hard to find since the plumbing is not exposed. More sitting water than usual or a reduction in overall water pressure can indicate a problem.

Refrigerator and Dishwasher

If your refrigerator has an ice maker, leaks can occur within the water lines. Dishwasher water supply lines can have the same problem. Look for pooling water at the base or periodically pull them out to inspect behind.

Contact Us

Think you might have a leak? Call Haldeman Mechanical to address the issue before it becomes a larger problem.