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Hidden or overt water leak: a house enemy

Water leakage is one of the most common problems that every home faces at some point. Leaks can occur in water supply, sewerage and heating networks. If detected late, they are more difficult and expensive to repair. Either a hidden or overt water leak is a house enemy. Unfortunately, plumbing fixtures and fittings are not designed to last forever. Therefore, you should always keep in mind the possibility of a water leak in the plumbing of your home and call Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου for its repair.

 

Obvious water leaks

Obvious water leaks are the “easy” ones. They are detected almost immediately and therefore can be repaired immediately. This type of leak is a faucet that drips from the spout or hot and cold water switches. A cistern that runs constantly. A toilet bowl that displays water around its base. A visible washing machine connection pipe. A radiator hose, or the radiator body itself. The switches on the plumbing board. The sewer engines that are usually located in basements etc.

If you come across such an image, you should contact a qualified plumber. He has the knowledge and experience to repair the leak. It can also check for any other problems that may be related to this initial leak that you have not detected. These are nothing but hidden water leaks.

 

Hidden water leaks

Hidden water leaks are one of the most important problems a home can face over time. Hidden leaks, if not detected in time, can cause serious damage to your home. The cost of restoration will be high, but also the inconvenience in your space due to the repair work.

 

How to check if there is a hidden water leak in your home

It can take weeks, even months, to detect a hidden water leak. This is because the network of plumbing (water supply, sewerage, heating) is extensive. They are the pipes that work in all areas of a house, inside walls or under floors. To detect and repair a hidden leak obviously you need to call an experienced plumber.

However, there are some signs that you need to be aware of, especially if you live in a house that is quite old, twenty years old or more, which point to hidden water leaks. An increased water bill, with no change in usage, should motivate you. You can turn off all water supplies (indoor and outdoor taps, laundry facilities, etc.). Make a note of the meter reading and check it again after three hours. If the display has changed, unfortunately you have a leak.

Other signs of possible invisible leakage are an “inflated” or discolored wall or roof. Tiles that have swelled or come off. Appearance of mold or odor of moisture. Reduced water pressure or strange noises in the network, from flowing or dripping water.

Thermocamera

An experienced technician, with the help of modern tools, such as a thermal imager, can pinpoint the location of a leak. He will do it without having to dig the floors or walls. The thermal imager, which detects the infrared radiation emitted by the bodies, photographs walls and floors and displays in blue the places where there is exactly the water leak. The remaining spots appear colored from yellow to reddish. The thermal camera, in addition to being a unique tool for the plumber, relieves you of unnecessary expenses and digging to repair the damage.

 

Water supply network

The old water supply networks were made of iron pipes. These can corrode after years and are often responsible for leaks that cause serious damage. The thermal camera can detect the exact point of the leak and repair it locally, without much digging and debris.

 

Sewerage

Leaks often occur in the bathtubs or showers or in the toilet bowl and generally in the bathroom. Also, gutters on exterior walls and clogged pipes on balconies and terraces are often responsible for damage to your home. Also, if your home is thirty years old or more, dangerous leaks can occur in the main sewer network, because it is made of clay pipes in which cracks are created.

In such a case, you should act immediately, as it can cause damage to the structural elements of your home or even to the foundation. And in these cases the use of the thermal camera proves to be a saving solution, because it accurately locates the points where there is water and the plumber intervenes in them. If the problem is widespread, a complete overhaul of the sewer system may be required. Read more about home tips here.

Once the cleaning is done you will want to take steps to protect your home from future water leaks. In addition to frequently checking pipes and taking precautions when the weather is cold (one of the most common causes of leaks in the home), many people choose to invest in a water protection system. With these systems you can have peace of mind and Αποφράξεις Αθήνα can handle their installment.

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