Angie's List Report: Spotting Plumbing Leaks

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 8/28/2013 11:48 pm
(WDEF) We often don't think about the plumbing in our homes, until something goes wrong.
      Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "Water can be your home's worst enemy. Leaving leaks unattended can lead to serious damage to your home. For example, a leak behind a wall could require drywall repair. A small drywall repair job can cost as much as $400, not to mention if you end up with mold. For example, a mold remediation job can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars."
    It's always best to tackle plumbing leaks - even small ones - immediately.
    Hicks added, "Easy signs of leaks in your house could be the fact that you have stains on your walls, if you have wallpaper that's buckling, or even a wooden floor that's buckling, or if you just smell a musty smell you need to have that investigated."
    There are a couple of simple ways to check if your toilet is leaking.  Lay toilet paper along the base of the toilet and flush.
    Plumbing Contractor Justin Dorsey said, "If it's leaking you'll begin to see the water wicking into the tissue paper. Or if it's dripping from the tank it will drip down and hit the toilet paper and you'll see it. That's one way to tell if there's even the slightest leak."
     Even a dripping faucet can lead to water loss and higher bills.
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rodroc - 9/17/2013 4:35 PM
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