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Plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one that can be particularly devastating to your Redondo Beach home. It’s not a major, labor-intensive issue such as sewer line repair or a complete copper repiping. No, this common headache is much smaller and in some cases you may never even know about it until it’s too late.
We’re talking about leaks. Although they may be small, leaks can cause untold damage to your home. Whether it’s a flooding or damage to the infrastructure, a leak in the home shouldn’t be shrugged off should you discover it. To help you stay on high alert for leak detection, here are a few areas of the home to frequently check out.
Perhaps the most destructive place for a leak to occur is in your pipes. Unfortunately, you often won’t know about it until it’s already begun to show signs of destruction. Because you obviously can’t see through your walls, you have to wait for water damage, bowed ceilings or bloated patches in the wall to know that a leak has sprung.
If you suspect that you have a leak, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. It’s important to call the best plumber in Redondo Beach as soon as possible. Morningside will inspect the suspected leak with minimal invasiveness to your walls, and repair it quickly and efficiently. No matter where you live in The South Bay, if you don’t have the problem fixed by a professional, it may snowball into a much bigger issue.
Hot water heater
Hot water heater leaks are especially irritating because fixing them requires cutting off the heat you need to shower, wash clothes, and more. If you’ve never had a leak from this appliance, here are a few warning signs. First, go to your garage, basement or wherever you store the heater, and look for any obvious puddles surrounding its base. If you see a small pool of water, call a plumber.
Another less common but still relevant sign is a dip in temperature while trying to run the hot water. A leak may have tripped the electrical wires that maintain the water temperature in your home, causing it to stay cold. If you’re concerned about leaks or just want to upgrade, consider replacing your old model with a tankless water heater.
Unfortunately no appliance that distributes water is immune from leaks. They can really happen anywhere at any time. Washing machines certainly have their fair share, which can be a major nuisance when trying to do a load of laundry. A small leak may reveal itself in the form of a small puddle under the machine, in which case you can simply sop it up with some newspaper temporarily. Another common location for leaks is through the door to the appliance (the dripping trail of water and soap will give it away).
Other leak locations may include the soap drawer, pump, or drain pipe, all of which are typically caused by clogs. You can fix them with varying degrees of simplicity, but if you attempt to repair it yourself, make sure you turn off the electricity first.