One of the biggest stressors as a homeowner is the potential for a costly plumbing disaster. No one ever wants to have to deal with leaking pipes, or even worse burst pipes, which can wreak havoc and cause extensive damage to your home and in many cases endanger your family. The best way to prevent a plumbing emergency is with proper care and maintenance. If you’ve got a small plumbing issue going on in your home, you need to address it sooner rather than later. Let’s dig into some of the most common plumbing questions that homeowners have so that you might be spared a true disaster.
Why is there a leak in an odd place?
While no one wants to have a leak anywhere in their home, a leak from an unexpected place is extra unnerving, especially from a light fixture. How is this possible? It’s not only possible, it is actually pretty common. The short answer is that pipes are hidden in walls and ceilings where we cant see them, but the water from them leaking will find the path of least resistance downwards. Often this is going to be through the light fixtures since those are installed in holes in the ceiling. In these cases, Do NOT TOUCH! Water and electricity don’t mix – always turn the power to the room or the whole house at the breaker.
Should I turn my water all the way off, and how?
It is important to know how to turn your water all the way off. If you ever do have a plumbing disaster like a burst pipe, this will limit the damage because it limits how much water can flow out. It is also a good idea to turn off the water if you’re going to be away from the home for a long period of time. If a pipe bursts while you’re away, it could continue spraying water everywhere for the whole time you’re gone.
Why is my water bill so high?
If you’ve noticed an exceptionally high water bill, there are several possible causes. The first thing that you should check is that your rate hasn’t gone up and there aren’t any additional fees. Once you know those aren’t the reason, you can start checking for other causes. If you’ve had a lot of water usage this month, like 3 additional guests in-house for a week, that could be the reason. You’d be surprised how quickly the extra showers, towels, clothing, dishes, and everything else adds to your water usage. IF it isn’t anything lifestyle-related, next check for leaks. A running toilet or a very slow leaking faucet are the most likely culprits.
Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.