How Homeowners Can Catch Water Leaks


Tips to Catch Leaks and Prevent More High Water Bills 

Quick leak detection is vital to home maintenance, whether it’s a subtle leak under the kitchen sink or a geyser shooting from the toilet. However, many water leaks won’t be that obvious. The longer a leak goes unaddressed, the more water and money it wastes, and the more water damage can occur. These problems do not fix themselves and don’t get better with time. That’s why it’s so important for homeowners to know the signs of a leak and act quickly. Here, one can learn about common signs for spotting leaks.

Know the Signs of a Leak 

Some signs that can indicate a leak include: 

  • Mold growth: Mold grows where there’s water and moisture and can cause respiratory problems and other health issues.  
  • Poor water pressure: If a leak interrupts the flow of water, it can affect the water pressure of showerheads and faucets.  
  • The sound of running water: If no faucet, showerhead, or other water-using fixture or appliance is on, a homeowner shouldn’t hear running water. If they do, this could mean there’s a leak. 

Time is of the essence when finding and fixing a leak. A leak wastes more than just water; it can damage personal property, saturate drywall, and attract rodents. As soon as signs of a leak are noticed, a plumber should be called to locate and repair the leak. 

High Water Bills Indicate Leaks 

billBecause leaks waste water, higher than normal water costs without a change in water usage indicates there’s a leak. Even tiny leaks like a dripping faucet can waste a lot of water and money. When there’s a leak, homeowners may find themselves spending even more, not just on water bills but from the secondary consequences of a leak, including: 

  • Mold remediation 
  • Replacing soggy or damaged flooring
  • Repairing water damage to the home’s foundation 
  • Controlling humidity with a dehumidifier 

Nobody wants to spend more money than they have to. That’s why when a homeowner suspects they have a leak, they should consult a professional immediately to prevent additional costs and damage to the home. 

Check the Reading on the Water Meter 

water meterThe water meter is an essential tool that lets homeowners know how much water passes into the plumbing system. Some water meters measure water by the gallons, while others measure by the cubic foot. It depends on the house's age and the water meter itself. 

Whenever somebody flushes the toilet or washes their hands, the number increases. So, if a homeowner is concerned about a leak, they can use their water meter to check for it. Here’s how to use a water meter to check for leaks: 

  • Turn off the water main or stop using any water-using devices or fixtures
  • Write down the number on the water meter 
  • Wait around an hour without using any water  
  • Check the reading on the water meter again to see if there’s a change

If the number has increased without the household using any water, this means that a leak is causing water to be wasted, and a plumber should be called. 

About Falcon Plumbing 

Falcon Plumbing has over thirty years of experience serving Miami and the surrounding areas. They offer flat-rate pricing and personal attention and never take shortcuts or cut corners. Call them today for water leak detection and repair services in Miami, FL.

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Why Should Homeowners Always Hire a Professional Plumber?


Are Expert Repairs Needed In Your Home?

Some plumbing tasks are easy for most homeowners, like unclogging the toilet with a plunger or installing a new shower head. However, most other plumbing problems and emergencies should only be handled by licensed and experienced professionals. Because plumbing deals with water and electricity, there is very little margin for error. Inexpert installations and repairs can cost thousands of dollars in unexpected damages.

Responsible homeowners understand the value of regular maintenance. Periodically performing preventative maintenance and getting checks from an expert keeps most plumbing problems from becoming emergencies. But the unexpected can and does happen. When plumbing emergencies occur, it is always best to get help from a trained professional plumber. If necessary, shut off the water source and call for help.

Pros Prevent Costly Mistakes

diy“There are some DIY projects that are the most fun and rewarding if you simply dive in and learn as you go. And then there’s plumbing.”

~ Popular Mechanics

Saving money by performing appropriate DIY maintenance and repairs is a good thing. Paying thousands of dollars for unnecessary repairs after attempting professional-level tasks is not.

For example, given that properly installing a water heater takes a few hours and plumbers charge by the hour, some owners think they can do the job themselves and save a few hundred dollars. But if even one step in the installation process is missed or done incorrectly, any or all of the following can happen:

  • Water leaks
  • Gas leaks
  • Electrical shorts
  • Flooding
  • Water damage to walls, floors, furniture, and electronics
  • Electrical fire
  • Mold growth
  • An unusable expensive water heater with a voided warranty

None of this is an exaggeration. DIYers often overestimate their abilities and end up making costly mistakes. This example of a relatively straightforward plumbing job for a skilled professional can quickly become an expensive nightmare for an inexperienced DIY homeowner. 

Contractors Are Faster and More Efficient

time For anyone trying to do their plumbing repairs, there is nothing worse than wasting time by spending hours online half-learning how to do something, making multiple trips to the plumbing supply store, then coming home to find out that they also need specialized tools and equipment to do the job.

Trying to learn DIY plumbing requires a huge investment of time and energy. However, plumbers already carry the parts to handle most home plumbing tasks and repairs. They already have the specialized tools, equipment, and testing devices that are typically needed. And most importantly, licensed professional plumbers have the training and experience to fix the plumbing properly and use the supplies, tools, devices, and equipment necessary to get the job done quickly.

Professionalism Ensures Peace of Mind

In the state of Florida, certified plumbers are required by law to have:

  • A license issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Proof of at least four years of experience or a combination of related training and experience
  • Insurance for public liability, workers’ compensation, and property damage
  • Proof that they have passed a State exam

A licensed plumber in Florida has far more training and experience than even the handiest homeowner. Plus, they are insured if an accident happens, which protects the homeowners from financial responsibility for injuries and damages. This gives homeowners peace of mind that their plumbing is in good hands, but they are protected if something bad happens. 

About Falcon Plumbing

Falcon Plumbing is a family-owned business with over 25 years of experience serving the residents of Miami, FL, and the surrounding areas. They offer flat-rate pricing, personal attention, and 24/7 emergency service at no extra charge. Call them today for plumbing services in Miami, FL.

What you Need to Know about Water Damage and Homeowner's Insurance


Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Water Damage?

While you work to protect your home from certain types of damage, unfortunately sometimes things happen that lead to damage. This is true for all aspects of your home, including your plumbing systems. Although many plumbing problems can be avoided through timely maintenance, the reality is that no one is immune to plumbing emergencies, and such emergencies are often stressful and expensive.

One way to make these events a little less overwhelming is by having homeowner’s insurance that will pay for any water damage that you have. Understanding what your homeowner’s insurance covers and adjusting your policy to cover more types of water damage can help give you the peace of mind that your home will be protected even if you experience a plumbing emergency or water damage from other events. Here are some tips to help ensure that you’re prepared for such an occurrence.

Coverage for Water Leaks

A number of policies will cover water damage that comes on suddenly. Many Allstate policies, for example, contain language that says the policy covers water damage that is “sudden and accidental.” In most cases, this would include damage from water leaks. Policies that have this type of coverage will cover repairs resulting from leaks, a burst pipe or a ruptured water heater.

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If you’re unsure about whether you’re covered for leaks, it’s a good idea to check your policy for similar language and terms or to ask your agent for more information about water leaks - it could mean added savings in the midst of an emergency.

Purchasing Flood Insurance

flood insuranceWhile most insurance companies don’t offer flood insurance, you can purchase a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program. This program offers a way to reduce the impact on those affected by floods.

If you’re concerned that your home could flood, it’s a good idea to learn more about this option. You can purchase a policy that covers your home and one that covers its contents.

For homeowners worried about flooding, this is a great way to have some peace of mind that your home will be covered even in the event of a catastrophic flood. You can talk to your insurance agent to learn more about these policies and to find one that’s right for you.

Finding Reliable Water Damage Services

If you have a plumbing emergency and water damage, there are lots of things to do. In addition to repairing the issue, it’s important to clean up water damage as soon as possible to avoid additional problems. As such, it’s a good idea to use professionals that know how to dry an area and eliminate risks for mold and mildew.

water damage services

Many plumbing companies provide water damage services, and, usually, those that don’t can refer you to a reputable company. So, if you’re in need of water damage services, it’s a good idea to contact your plumber for help and advice.

Falcon Plumbing Is Here to Help!

Falcon Plumbing has been providing quality plumbing services to the Miami area since 1986. They can handle all jobs - no matter how big or how small - and their priority is their clients’ interests. A woman-owned and operated business, they pride themselves on being tough on plumbing issues and gentle with their customers.