It is generally believed that prevention is better than cure. So before you have to call a plumber, we think it is best to explain you some of the main reasons you often find water leaks on the walls. Water pipes are mostly the reason. There are various reasons why a ‘perfect’ pipe today, will start leaking and making damage tomorrow.
Water leaks may be caused by
Deterioration or Shifting of Pipe Quality
It is not so easy to detect nor prevent this problem. Your house might have been standing for quite a long time. The fixtures are gradually getting old. Naturally, the pipes, drainage and foundation even begin to deteriorate due to long a time of usage. The pipes begin to rust and leak, sometimes from crevices in numerous places. The natural shifting of your house’s foundation is not helping as well. This causes the joints in the house’s plumbing to loosen and sometimes even completely separate causing water leaks. It can be only a drop or two every minute, but over time, these drops cause major damage to your house. And what is more, your water bill won’t make you happy either.
Most people do not like taking a cold shower, however, some of them do but definitely not everybody. The thing is, you need both hot and cold water running through your house. These temperature changes within the pipe can cause some pipes to burst or make cracks leading to wall leaks. Some pipes may freeze during winter and contract when water runs through them, the expansion may cause crevices to form which, after time, lead to leaks.
How to Fix the Water Leaks
Dealing with water leaks in the walls is usually a pretty big issue. Drywall needs to be removed as you want to get to the leak to repair it. If water was leaking inside the wall for a while (which is usually the case, as water leaks in walls usually aren’t apparent immediately), a large area of drywall and insulation may be wet. Those materials cannot be completely cleaned and dried, so they must be removed and replaced by new ones. You’ll probably need a plumber to repair the leak and then call someone else to repair the drywall.
Check the Water Meter
Before you replace the drywall, you need to do two things. First, check the water meter again, even if you did it earlier. Make sure you don’t use any water for approximately two hours, then check the water meter again. Make sure nothing is leaking before you put up the new drywall.
Check if there’s any Mold
Another thing you need to do is to remove any mold that’s developed inside the wall before you put up new drywall. A water leak in a wall often causes some mold to grow because the leak usually goes on for quite a while before you find it. You need to be absolutely sure there is no mold on the walls before putting up the new drywall, because if you repair the walls with even little mold inside, that mold can grow and spread and you may not even realize it until you’ve got a serious problem in your home. If you’re not sure that your walls are mold-free, we recommend calling a specialist in to test for mold.