Found A Leak? Should You Fix it or Call A Plumber?

If you have ever spent a sleepless night with the sound of a continuously dripping faucet or running toilet, you probably woke up feeling frustrated and tired. Perhaps your DIY enthusiasm tempts you to fix the leak right away. Going on a vacation and discovered the water heater is leaking? Considering a quick fix on your own? While a plumbing leak is inconvenient and expensive, don’t give in to temptation and attempt a hurried DIY fix. If a leaking pipe, faucet, dishwasher, washing machine, toilet or any other faulty plumbing in your home is not identified and repaired correctly, you may face mold growth and other long-term structural damage. Your best bet is to call a trained and licensed plumber to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

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Here are a few tips to identify small leaks before they become large, expensive plumbing issues. When you find the source of a leak, don’t hesitate to call your trusted local plumbing service in the Oakville and Hamilton area.

How to identify common leaks through routine DIY inspections:

  • Faucet and toilet leaks: Check if there are any puddles around the drains, or at the base of your faucets. Keep an eye on any drips or squeaky sounds when you turn your faucets on and off. Look for any groaning or bubbling sounds from the pipes under or behind the toilet. Note any unusual smells around the sink drains or near your toilet.
  • Appliance leaks: Inspect your appliances such as water heater, washing machine, dishwasher for any unusual sounds, excessive moisture, bulging or cracked hoses, or loose hose connections. Check for any unusual smells, water accumulation under the appliance, or restricted water supply.
  • Other plumbing leaks: Choose a day that is not too humid and take a close look at all the plumbing in your home. Examine all exposed pipes for any signs of moisture. Check for any corrosion in brass or copper fittings. Turn on all the water faucets in your sinks, showers, and tubs to monitor water pressure and ensure a steady flow. Observe whether the water drains out quickly or takes a long time to ebb. Examine your floors and ceiling to check for damp areas, water droplets or water stains. Water damaged insulation, floor boards, carpets and drywall can harbour moisture and become breeding ground for mold spores. If your home smells musty, you may have a hidden leak and mold.

When to Call A Professional Plumber

If you are handy around the house, you will usually have a few essential tools, and be able to fix minor leaks on your own, by replacing the O-rings, washers, or other small parts. However, you should enlist professional plumbing services if:

  • You do not want to attempt DIY plumbing projects or tackle the leaks on your own
  • The leak persists after trying minor fixes on your own
  • You want to prevent costly repairs by investing in thorough inspections and regular maintenance of your home’s pipes, drains, and appliances

Professional plumbers come with fully-stocked service vehicles and have access to the best diagnostic equipment. They can check your home’s plumbing, give you in-depth assessments, and carry out routine cleaning and maintenance, as well as fix any problems that are causing your water bills to soar. Prevent mold growth, save water, and enjoy a stress-free home with timely and regular plumbing inspections and repairs.

If you live in Oakville, Hamilton or anywhere in Southwestern Ontario, look no further than Pitton Plumbing to manage all your plumbing related issues. Fill out our online form to book the services of a professional plumber. You can also call us at 1-800-499-4184.