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Are you experiencing rising water bills without an explanation? Perhaps you should investigate hidden home leaks.

Leaks are frequently the source of structural problems and apparent health risks linked to working or living in a damp property.

When it comes to home leaks, most of us think of huge bathroom paddles or bathroom floor filled with water. However, numerous leaks aren't so noticeable. You should address any home leak immediately, particularly the unseen ones.

Check this list to see whether you're experiencing a possible leak in your home.

Avoiding Expensive Home Leaks

Your ears and eyes are valuable when it comes to preventing common leaks. Listening and looking can reveal most leaks in their early stages, allowing for quicker repair.

These tips will help you avoid costly leaks.

Possible Source of Leaks

Toilets are among the most common sources of home leaks, typically unnoticed because they're frequently out of view and silent. A silent leak pours water down the drain silently. In this case, water will typically be absent on the floor. 

When you lift the toilet tank's lid, no water should be circulating or moving after the completion of an entire flush cycle. You can detect large leaks when the valve continually emits a gurgling or hissing sound when you're not using the toilet.

Occasionally, huge water bills can arise from unauthorized or accidental use of the outdoor tap. Ensure you turn off all water sprinklers and hoses after use. This will ensure you don't leave a running hose.

If you install this system in your home, it's susceptible to considerable hidden water loss. Occasionally, the backwash or backflow will remain open, leaving water to flow quietly and directly into the drain system, wasting huge amounts of water.

If you hear water flow inside the system when no water fixtures or taps are operating, this may be the origin of a leak. Ensure you call the maintenance contractor for services. Meanwhile, you should consider unplugging the unit altogether.

A number of homes have humidifiers joined to the furnace plenum and plumbed directly to the water pipe supply. The equipment frequently comprises an overflow drain in case the refill valve doesn't close.

When the valve fails, the water goes directly into the sewer, allowing leaks to persist for years or months before realizing the water wastage. It's imperative you check the equipment's operation regularly throughout the heating season and turn off its water supply during non-use.

The equipment cools homes, especially in arid weather. It uses water evaporation to cool air that reaches your home and frequently has a connection to the home's water supply to sustain water in the reservoir.

Occasionally, the reservoir's refill valve fails to shut, causing a continuous stream of water to penetrate the reservoir. You can easily check the cooler for leaks by shutting it off and check whether any water is draining via the overflow line.

The repair of leaking coolers typically involves the replacement of the refill valve, water lines, or re-circulation pump.

Effects of Leaks

Mold and Mildew

It's important you fix leaks immediately to prevent mold growth. Mold and mildew can generate medical problems including respiratory issues and increased allergies.

Furthermore, mildew has a distinct odor, which can be rather disturbing. The problem with the fungi is that it's frequently unnoticeable until it becomes problematic.

You may only notice it when you begin experiencing medical problems or notice the pungent smell. Prevention is the best defense against the development of mildew and mold from leaks.

Structural Problems

Constant water damage to floorboards or wooden joists in the home can ultimately generate serious structural issues.

Although a simple leak may appear like a small issue, this could rapidly turn into a huge problem with costly consequences. Therefore, it's vital you address leaks immediately to prevent further plumbing complications.

Are you experiencing mold problems in your home? Please contact us for a solution: (416) 414-5690

Did you know?

Using biocides or bleach to kill mould does not have any advantages. Dead mould is just as toxic as mould that is alive. Cleaning or removing mould without protecting the rest of the building or unaffected areas can in some cases spread the mould contamination. In some cases the mould becomes harder and more expensive to clean up. Some mould inspection companies lack the equipment or experience to properly assess you mould issue. They are cheaper...but are they worth it?

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