It’s easy for people to forget how complicated and easily damaged their Albuquerque plumbing system is. After all, if they turn on the faucet and water comes out, the plumbing must be working, right?

Well, not necessarily. Plumbing leaks and other problems come in all types, and some are easier to spot than others. Worse, a plumbing problem isn’t just a problem with the plumbing. Any sort of leak will start doing damage to your home, and the damage only gets worse the longer it goes without being fixed.

Here are a few tips on what to look out for and what to do if you spot a leak.

1. Gushing Leaks

The most obvious and hard-to-miss plumbing problem is when a pipe bursts or its connection fails completely, resulting in a gush of water and immediate flooding problems. This is also the most dangerous to yourself and your home.

Step one is to immediately shut off the water at the main valve before doing anything else. Also, consider shutting off your electricity as well – indoor flooding can easily become electrified if it touches a life wire or outlet. Then, call in Albuquerque plumbing pros to fix the problem.

In the meantime, do what you can to get rid of the water. Or, at least, start taking pictures for the upcoming insurance claim.

2. Medium Leaks

If it’s more than a drip but less than a flood, it’s a medium-sized leak. Often, these are easy enough to spot, such as large puddles forming beneath a leaky sink. Do what you can to stop the water flow, then call in a professional plumber.

It’s a bigger problem if there’s a medium leak inside your walls because those can go a long time without being detected. Watch out for unexplained water stains or wet spots on the floor. That’s a red flag for a hidden leak.

3. Pinhole Leaks

Tiny dripping leaks are the hardest to detect since they’re so well-hidden. They may even be absorbed by carpeting, flooring, drywall, etc. If you suspect you might have a tiny leak, go through your house and shut off everything that uses water – then go watch the main water gauge. If it’s still showing water usage after a few minutes, there’s a leak somewhere.

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