We rely on our home’s plumbing system every day, from our morning showers to laundry nights to cooking big family dinners to work efficiently and effectively without thinking about it. However, if something damages your home’s plumbing system and water supply, this could lead to severe structural problems.
Super Service Plumbing understands that plumbing, sewer, and drain emergencies can happen at any time. Our expert plumbers in Napa County and beyond are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To protect your home from water damage caused by plumbing leaks, check out the following tips.
- Inspect toilet components twice a year to ensure valves don’t need to be replaced.
- Learn how to maintain your water heater and contact a local plumber for annual inspections.
- Check washing machine supply lines for hoses that show signs of wear or loose connections.
- Never pour fat, oils, or grease down the drain, and avoid chemical drain cleaners.
- Be prepared for emergencies by knowing where your home’s main shut-off valve is.
How to Spot Signs of Water Damage
Preventing water damage starts with knowing what to look for. If you see any of these signs, be sure to contact a residential plumbing company to get any plumbing issues fixed as soon as possible.
Moldy or Musty Smells
Trust your nose on this one. If you smell damp or moldy smells, it is often accompanied by water damage. So be sure to get it checked out as soon as possible.
Dark Spots or Water Stains
Keep an eye out for discoloration on the ceiling or walls, especially in areas close to plumbing. Dark spots usually mean there is a current leak damaging the home.
Soft or Sagging Spots
On the floor near fixtures such as toilets, showers, sinks, or appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters, look for damage to the flooring. As water seeps in, flooring can often crack or warp.
Mold and Mildew
Mold on walls and ceilings is always a sign of water damage. Mold can grow on any wet surface, moist areas, inside walls, and under carpeting affecting both the structure of the home and the health of its residents.
Cracked Walls and Peeling Paint
If the walls are wet, the paint and drywall might expand, cracking, bubbling, or peeling.
Sounds of Running Water
Changes in dripping sounds, creaking floors, or running water might require a second look to ensure the plumbing system works properly.
Outdated Pipes or Water Supply
Older homes have the risk of rust and corrosion on pipes; however, even when pipes are reliable, connections and faucets may lead to residential water damage.
Higher Water Bills
When water bills spike, this could be a sign of hidden leaks. If you notice an unusually high bill, talk to a local residential plumbing company about leaks and water-saving options.
While not all water leaks are plumbing leaks, if you are concerned about the main water line, faucet, or fixture leaks, contact a licensed plumber immediately. Water damage can happen to any home, old or new, at any time, posing expensive structural damage.
Super Service Plumbing is proud to provide emergency 24-hour plumbing repair services in the event of a major leak or plumbing issue. To reach our Sonoma County, Marin County, and American Canyon plumbers, please contact us at (707) 544-6444 today.
Proud to help our Sonoma County communities including:
Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati and beyond.