The canyons and valleys of our planet are evidence enough that water travels fast and knows no boundaries. The slightest flaw in your pipes will be preyed upon and damage will be done before you even know what’s happening. Ask any insurance agent, or contractor alike, there are not many things as sneaky as a leaky pipe and when evidence of the problem arises it is too late: the damage is done. Water damage wreaks havoc on an average of 40% of homes in the country, far more than anything else. So, if there was a way to detect and prevent leaky pipes, wouldn’t you do it? When minutes can cause a leak to go from an easy clean-up to a costly repair, we, at Jackson Comfort Services, think you should know the instant a problem occurs. A leak and freeze detector is the answer, prepare and prevent those pesky leaks!
8 Signs You May Have Leaky Pipes
1. High Water Bills
A change in your bills without a change in usage is a red flag.
2. Smelly, Musty Odors
Standing water smells foul and if the source is not found it could be a hidden leak.
3. Mold Sightings
Green, brown or black spots in non-shower areas are definitely a sign of a leak.
4. Water Stains on the Ceiling
Even if it’s not below a bathroom; water loves to travel. Before you repaint, call Jackson Comfort for further inspection.
5. Bubbles in the Paint or Wallpaper
When a lot of water (not just shower steam) gets between paint or wallpaper and a wall it separates them.
6. Damage to the Walls
Drywall is not waterproof and it will become warped when it gets wet, the leak source must be dealt with and the wall replaced before mold sets in.
7. Running Water Meter
Turn off your water and if the meter is still running, you have a leak.
8. Muddy Areas Outdoors
Leaks can occur outside as well as inside, prevent significant damage by investigating muddy areas.
The biggest issue with water leaks is that the battle is always reactive. Water does damage: a flood can literally bring down the ceiling of your home. Mold, warped walls and ceilings, and lingering odors, all come at a huge cost. A water leak is rarely an easy fix unless you detect it early.
Investing in a leak detector is your best defense against leaks. Our favorite detector is the Honeywell Lyric Water and Freeze Detector. This easy-to-install device will monitor 24/7 and send alerts directly to your smartphone or tablet. This is a key feature as leaks do not just happen when we are at home. The detection occurs when water comes in contact with the water leak sensor, you are alerted instantly and can prevent damage before it starts. The unit also tracks temperature and humidity levels to prevent freezing in the wintertime. Multiple devices can be chained together to cover up to 500 foot, putting your mind and your pipes at ease.
Water is a powerful force of nature. Leaks might happen but with a leak detector you will be ready to stop water’s fury before the destruction occurs. Time will be on your side! Contact Jackson Comfort Services today, leaky pipes won’t wait and neither should you!