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The Most Common Types of Household Plumbing Leaks

faucet-drippingNobody wants leaking pipes, fixtures, or appliances in their home. Unfortunately, leaks are often what they get—they are among the most common of plumbing problems. The good news is that professional plumbers know the best way to track down leaks, wherever they are, and repair them.

As soon as you believe you need plumbing repairs in Cincinnati, OH to fix leaks, call the team at Ken Neyer. We will take care of detecting and locating the leaks and then fixing them quickly to stop water damage.

To help you better understand household plumbing leaks, we’ve put together a list of the more common sources of leaking in homes:

Leaking faucet

This is a leak that doesn’t require a plumbing expert to locate. You can see it, and you can probably hear it. What you shouldn’t do is ignore it. Although leaking sink faucets don’t cause water damage because they go right down the drain, they are a major source of water waste. Those drips accumulate over time into many gallons of water going uselessly down the drain. If you can’t stop the leaking faucet yourself, have a plumber fix it or replace the faucet.

Leaking toilet

A toilet can start to leak through the seals around its base, and this is a problem you must have fixed as soon as possible. The water damage this type of leak can cause can create structural problems in the bathroom and lead to mold and mildew growth. Toilets can also develop internal leaks that lead to them running constantly and wasting water. Have plumbers look into either problem.

Leaking shower/tub

You may not see leaking around a shower or tub because of decaying seals, but it’s a significant danger because of how it can lead to mold and mildew developing—often out of your sight. If the mold and mildew are allowed to keep growing, it may be necessary to do a large-scale bathroom remodel to remedy it!

Leaking pipe under the sink

This kind of pipe leak can catch homeowners unaware because they often don’t pay attention to the cabinet area where the pipes are located. This can allow for major damage to wood in the cabinets—as well as those old foes, mold and mildew. Connected to this leak is the leaking garbage disposal, which is usually located beside the sink pipe. If the garbage disposal starts to come loose, it will allow water from the sink to seep around its side and into the cabinet.

Leaking water heater

Be cautious of old storage tank water heaters. A unit that’s more than 15 to 20 years old may corrode and leak. We recommend installing a new water heater when your current one starts to leak extensively.

Leaking water pipe

The hidden leaks in a home usually occur in water pipes hidden behind walls. These aren’t as common as the other problems, but they are destructive and hard to detect. Watch out for damp spots or discoloration marks on your walls and ceilings that warn of these leaks.

Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. is your trusted plumber in Cincinnati, OH. Call us for 24/7 emergency plumbing repair services.

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