Leaky Pipes: When Your Business Can’t Afford to DIY
Water damage is a very real problem for businesses and homeowners, and when it is due to plumbing leaks it makes it doubly difficult. First of all, plumbing is (should be) hidden under floorboards, tiles, walls and often embedded in concrete, or under slab, which makes it hard to check. Secondly, once you determine that it is a leak, you have to get at it, and that can entail wreaking havoc on your home if you don’t know what you’re doing. Third and worst of all, if you don’t find all of them, you could be looking at damage at the foundation level. The smartest thing you can do if you suspect plumbing leaks is to get a professional plumber on the job.
In Texas, plumbing leaks are a significant pet peeve of homeowner insurance companies because it is often blamed for loss of foundation integrity. Insurers turned to experienced plumbers to determine if there is actually a leak in claimant’s houses because they have the expertise and equipment to do it. Once it is determined that a leak is present, insurers often help homeowners in paying for repairing the leaks to eliminate the higher costs of foundation repair.
As a homeowner, it is prudent to nip the problem in the bud by calling in a professional plumber as soon as a leak is suspected. There are certain signs you can look for, especially in the bathrooms, where most leaks occur. These include:
- Persistent mildew and mold on non-shower walls and corners
- Blistering or peeling wall paint or paper
- Warped or stained walls, ceilings or floors
- Musty or earthy odor
If any of these signs appear, don’t waste time in wondering if you have a leaky pipe. Call in a reputable plumber in your area to test your plumbing for leaks. If you do have them, have them repaired at once. You will save more money in the long run.