Locating That Leak In Your Home

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Sometimes it’s easy to find the source of a leak – it could be a simple case of following the drips. But in many cases, leaks aren’t easy to locate and require a bit of detective work to get to the source. Here are a few tips to help you locate a leak in your home.

Is it a rainwater leak?

Rainwater can leak in through a roof, a wall or a window. This is usually due to a crack, a missing tile or a broken seal. Such leaks tend to be more noticeable after periods of heavy rainfall.

Infra-red technology can be used to find the source of these leaks. In other cases, more rudimentary approaches may be possible such as spraying a hose over a roof until water starts dripping through to locate where water is getting in.

A roofing company or a window installation company may be able to help you find the source of the leak and fix it for you. It could be a simple case of caulking up a crack or I could be a case of replacing an entire roof or window depending on how severe it is.

Is it a groundwater leak?

If you’ve got a leak in your basement, it could be groundwater leaking in through a crack. Faulty foundations could also cause groundwater to seep in. Signs of water rising up through the walls meanwhile could be a sign of rising damp.

There are basement repair specialists who will be able to get to the source of such a leak. Foundation repairs may be necessary or you may need to get a damp proof course fitted.

Is it a plumbing leak?

The leak could be coming from a pipe or a fixture. Emergency plumbers should be called out if this is the case – plumbing leaks can cause serious damage to your home if not repaired.

Water pipe leaks tend to be the most common. Signs that it is a damaged water pipe include low water pressure, unusually high water bills or noticeable water damage after using a certain faucet. Such pipes may be located within walls or under the floor and may not be easy to pinpoint without professional help.

If it’s a leak from a sewer pipe, the leak will usually be accompanied by a pungent smell. Such leaks are common in basements or you may notice odor and damp seeping up through the floor.

A leak could also be coming from an appliance such as a washing machine or a fixture such as a bathtub. This could be the result of a broken seal. An appliance repair technician may be needed in the case of faulty appliances.

Is it just condensation?

Sometimes condensation can be to blame. Humid air can come into contact with a pipe or a window and turn to water, which can cause dripping and serious damp issues in some cases.

The solution could involve installing foam pipe insulation or buying a moisture eliminator to put by a window.

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Managing Home Horrors The Easy Way

Homeowners everywhere spend a fortune making their homes look beautiful. Sometimes, however, home horrors happen and all of that money and time can be wasted. It’s time to check your home insurance policies, roll up your sleeves, and deal with the nasties that might be lurking in your house:

 

Mold And Mildew

Mold and mildew can be more harmful than you think. Breathing in the spores that can be released into the air can cause chest infections and complications if your health is already poor. Not all mildew or mold is easy to spot. The most obvious signs of a problem are those black, gray and brown stains in the corners, or around the bathroom tiles. Pink mold can also be lurking in your tub and around your taps. Nasty stuff! Steam is the safest approach to killing it, although bleach will whiten the stain again.

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To prevent these nasties turning up, check your guttering when it rains. If it’s overflowing or leaking onto your brickwork, damp can penetrate your home resulting in mold. It can also erode the bricks over time, so it should be fixed straight away. Use your extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom every time you run the hot tap or boil water. You can use a hygrometer to check your interior humidity levels are kept low.

 

Pests

Insects, termites, rats, and mice can all be lurking in large numbers in your home. You might never see them, but chances are you’ll hear them. You might smell them as well. Unfortunately, these little critters don’t live for long. If they die in your property, the stench could become overwhelming. Finding them is tough if they’re between the walls or under the floors. You should find the best exterminators you can to deal with this kind of situation.

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To reduce the risk of infestation, make sure any wood treatments for your home are up to date. Block external holes and gaps to stop them getting in. Always vacuum up crumbles as soon as possible so you can cut off their food source. Finally, try a sonic deterrent. You won’t be able to hear it but the little blighters will hate to go anywhere near them.

 

Leaks

Not only could leaks lead to the mold and mildew we don’t want, but it could damage the home too. Holes in the roof can easily let rain in. This will then drip down onto ceilings and perhaps run across them to more vulnerable points. Over time, the water saturation will cause substantial damage to the plaster, wood, and even the brick work. The last thing you want is for the ceiling to fall down or your brand new basement renovation to flood.

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Other leaks can come from damaged pipework or drippy taps. Not only does the noise drive you mad, but the cost of all that lost water can soon add up. Finding a leak isn’t always easy. If you’re seeing a lot of water coming in, it’s time to turn off the supply at the mains and get a plumber to permanently fix the problem. Try a dehumidifier to help you dry the place out again.

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