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How To Spot Hidden Leaks

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

A Few Ways to Keep a Close Watch on Your Commercial Property for Hidden Leaks

If you see water spraying out of the faucet in the break room, there's no denying that you have a water leak. While no one is glad to find a problem with the plumbing, obvious leaks are the easiest to identify and thus resolve. It's the hidden leaks that often end up causing the most damage because they can go undetected for a long time. Here are a few ways to keep a close watch on your commercial property in Summerlin, NV, for hidden leaks.

Outdoor Leaks

A pipe break underground can leak water for a while before you know there's a problem. Some signs to watch for include:

  • Unusually large water bill
  • Unexplained wet or swampy spots on the lawn
  • Sewer odors

These signs are an indication that your plumbing is not only leaking but leaking badly enough to have reached the ground's surface. Call your plumber immediately to investigate and fix the problem.

Pipe Leaks

Indoor damage, such as water spots on the ceiling or walls, means you probably have a broken pipe somewhere. If a pipe is leaking under the sink, you can see and repair that easily. If you have a water leak behind a wall or ceiling tiles, however, water restoration specialists will likely have to remove part of the wall or ceiling to stop the leak and repair the damage. Soggy drywall and insulation must be replaced to fully restore the area.

Toilet Leaks

An overflowing toilet can cause a lot of water damage in a short amount of time, but you usually know exactly when it happens. If the leak is under the toilet or in the supply line, the problems may go undetected for a while. If the restroom is upstairs, the damage may extend to the floors below it. Have custodial staff check for excess water whenever they clean the restrooms to identify potential problems.

Sometimes a water leak is obvious, but often it is hidden from plain sight. When you know the signs to look for, you are more prepared to address issues.

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