Plumbing Leaks & How To Spot Them

Most homeowners will face a water leak at some point. The toilet tends to be the culprit. However, a water leak can occur for several reasons; pipes freeze, toilet seals fail, and caulk degrades over time. Water leaks that go unnoticed can cause devastating damage. If you suspect a hidden leak but are unsure, here are a few signs to look out for:


5 Signs of a Water Leak 

  1. Unusually high water bills.

  2. Mold or mildew formation on the walls/ceiling.

  3. Soft spots and paint bubbling.

  4. Stained or damaged walls or ceilings

  5. Hearing the sound of running water but cannot locate it.


Plumbing Leak Types

Water leaks that flood your home cause the most damage and the biggest frustrations. They are often the simplest leaks to repair but if they go unnoticed they can have devastating consequences. Leak possibilities are endless but here are the most devastating leaks we see daily. 


1.) Frozen Pipes - When pipes freeze they can burst and leak water into your walls, basement, or ceiling. The Texas winter storm of 2021 brought a slew of viral videos to the internet because of frozen pipe bursts. A majority of the videos were ceiling collapses and floods. A lot of people left their homes only to return to catastrophic loss. 


2.) Toilet Supply Lines - Toilet supply lines are used to fill your toilet tank with water before a flush. Over time supply lines can turn brittle and corrode. Leaky toilet lines can cause serious damage, especially if it is on the top floor. Water will accumulate on the floor and leak down through the home until it reaches the basement, damaging all the floors in between. Fixing the leak is simple and inexpensive but the damage it can cause could be catastrophic.   


3.) Hot Water Heaters - The tanks on water heaters eventually corrode / rust and ultimately fail. Pans and a floor drain next to the heater can usually contain the water until a plumber changes out the tank. However, if left unchecked the heater could fail and release gallons of water on your floor. 


4.) Appliances - The dishwasher and certain refrigerators have water supply lines connected to them. They're also susceptible to bursting/corroding. 


5.) Silcocks - The Silcock is the spigot on the outside for garden hose hookup. If it's not drained for the Winter season it can freeze. It won't leak until spring when you turn it on and use it for the first time. When this happens, the spigot can leak back inside the house. Most of the time the homeowner doesn't even realize it until they discover the damaged wall or flood. 


Plumbing Leaks | Chicago | Northwest Suburbs 

Green Tech Plumbing Co provides full-service plumbing throughout Des Plaines and the North West Suburbs. When you work with Green Tech you can rest easy; all of our plumbers are licensed, bonded, and insured. We provide around-the-clock plumbing repairs/emergency services. Our plumbers show up on time, clean up after the job, and provide exceptional service throughout the repair process. Our customers appericate our up front pricing, reliablity and professionalism. If you have a plumbing project; small or large, emergency or planned, we'd like to help. You can call us 847-518-5338 or email us online to get started on your plumbing project. 


Working With Floor Drains

If you are a homeowner, chances are you will have to deal with a floor drain problem at some point. Floor drains are like the drains in your tub or a shower, they sit flush with the floor. They’re designed to catch excess water and to direct it into your sewer or municipal storm drain. We usually find floor drains in basements, patios, garages, next to water heaters, or anywhere water needs to be removed quickly. They’re installed to prevent flooding and to whisk water away quickly and efficiently.

Floor drains often go ignored. Most people don’t think about them until there is a problem. You can avoid a serious flood by performing some basic maintenance on the drains. Here a few things to watch out for.

Backed up floor drains - If a floor drain in your home is draining slowly or clogged, don’t ignore it. A clogged floor drain can rapidly turn into a flood.

Floor drain backs up when doing laundry - Even if it eventually goes down afterward, someone should snake it. That plumbing line may serve more than just the laundry. If the conditions are right, it could flood.

Smelly floor drains - Are you noticing a sewer gas smell coming out of your drain? It could be the trap. The trap holds water to prevent sewer gases from escaping. If the drain isn’t used often, the water can evaporate and it will release the gasses into the home. Just pour a gallon of water down the drain to fill the trap. If it’s a dingy water logged smell, you could always try a little vinegar in the drain to clear it up.

Problem floor drains - If you have consistent problems with a floor drain it’s a good idea to get it rodded out annually. It may also be worth sending a camera into the pipe to check that the line is clear.

Construction debris - If you’re having construction work done near a floor drain, cover it. Screws, sawdust and other debris can cause a clog in the drain.

We get a lot of calls concerning floor drains. Most of them just need to be rodded out and that takes an hour or less. Don’t let your floor drain become a problem. If you’re having a problem with your drain, give us a call. Our licensed plumbers are on call 24/7 to serve you. Call us anytime at 847-518-5338

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