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How to Locate Water Leaks in Atlanta Area Homes and Businesses

December 11th, 2017

When it comes to water leaks being proactive can make all the difference! Undetected water leaks end up costing Atlanta area home and business owners millions of dollars. Whether it’s under the sink, kitchen, bathroom, under the home’s concrete slab, or in the walls, the longer you wait to locate and repair it, the more damage it causes.

Checking for Water Leaks

Key areas to look for leaks include, moisture around the walls, continually dripping shower heads and faucets, warm floors, any mildew or mold. Also, look for a constant running water pump, or moisture accumulating under sinks, hot water heaters, washing machines, water spots on the ceiling or walls, moisture or cracks in the foundation and flooding in the yard and drain field.

Check all exposed pipes for drips, wetness and moisture. Copper pipes leave a white circle around the part that is leaking.

Listen for toilets constantly running or gurgling. Test for silent leaks by placing red dye in the tank of the toilet. Then wait about an hour, if there is any red in the bowl of the toilet it can indicate a leak.

It’s imperative to have even the smallest leaks fixed immediately; the problem can escalate quickly with a big repair bill, a large mess and a whole host of health issues. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, water leaks lead to mold problems which cause allergic reactions, including coughing, sneezing, rash and itchy eyes. But prolonged exposure can result in serious harm such as severe headaches, reduced sense of smell, infections and breathing problems.

The safest way to avoid these issues is to remain vigilant and ensure your plumbing and water leaks are fixed in a timely manner by a professional.

With over 20 years of experience, the Leak Doctor uses the latest technology in electronic equipment to save you time and money without the destruction and mess of ripping up your home or business.

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Stone Mountain & Atlanta Water Leak Detection, Mitigation & Restoration

December 1st, 2017

It’s getting to be that time of year again, freezing water pipes are frustrating and can be expensive to repair.  Now is the time to take proactive steps to prevent this from happening.

On average a quarter of a million homes will have damage this winter from freezing pipes. The damage isn’t contained within the pipes themselves, but extends out to the flooring, ceiling, walls, and the family’s possessions.

Identifying which pipes are at a higher risk of freezing is the first step.

Pipes that are in exterior walls are susceptible, especially if they are not properly insulated.

Pipes that are in areas that are unheated such as, attics, basements or crawl spaces, are also at a higher risk.

Take these few steps to prevent your water pipes from freezing

Water that is flowing doesn’t freeze as fast as standing water. If temperatures will be below freezing, you may want to choose a faucet that has a supply line running next to an outside wall and let it drip, this way it won’t freeze. It doesn’t need to be a strong flow, just a slow drip to keep it moving.

A frozen garden hose can increase the pressure on the entire plumbing system and cause a significant amount of damage. It can even make a water pipe inside the house burst. Before it gets too cold drain and disconnect the garden hoses.

Make sure the pipes in the basement and attic are well insulated and next time your remodeling or making a repair, make sure the walls are well insulated, especially those that have water pipes.

Keep the garage door closed as much as possible. These walls usually aren’t well insulated and can freeze pipes in exposed walls and running across the ceiling.

If you’re going out-of-town have a relative, neighbor or friend check on your home periodically. The longer you allow a problem to go on, the more it will cost to repair.

Corroded pipes can also be susceptible to the cold weather. If you suspect a water leak make sure you are able to locate the source.

If you have any questions or need help locating a leak, contact the Leak Doctor.

 

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