Drip. Drip. Drip. Water leaks. You may hear water dripping from leaky pipes or see puddles of water. When water leaks are hidden from view, how can you tell if you have a leaky pipe? Think of leak detection like other detective work and look for clues. Are your water bills higher than normal? Is your water pressure lower than normal? Does the basement of your house feel humid or smell moldy? Did an arctic blast hit the Denver area? Denver’s wildly fluctuating winter temperatures can cause pipes to leak or burst as pipes freeze and thaw.
If you have done the leak detection work yourself and found the leak pipe, use you main water shutoff valve or the one nearest the leak right away. If you don’t know how, Go Direct can help you when you call us at 303.288.0039 anytime day or night.
Even minor leaks can lead to major problems if left unprepared for too long. A hole the size of a pinhead can spill out 360,000 gallons of water per year. Bringing in a leak detection and repair expert can also save your Denver home from structural damage. Once we determine the cause and size of the leak, we will recommend the best solution for your home.
Be proactive to reduce the risk of leaky pipes.
- Pipes in unheated areas of your home, crawlspace, attic, and garage can freeze. Wrap pipes with inexpensive foam pipe insulation or thermostatically controlled heat tape, which can be turned on when temperatures drop below freezing.
- Disconnect your garden hose during freezing weather. A frozen hose can actually burst an interior pipe, because it expands and creates pressure throughout your entire plumbing system.
- If you don’t have frost-proof spigots, close the interior shutoff valve leading to the faucet, open and drain the spigot, and install an inexpensive faucet insulator.
- If pipes in exterior walls have frozen in the past due to inadequate insulation, consider opening the wall to install appropriate levels of insulation.