This is a very serious condition that is affecting thousands of homes in
the Los Angeles area. Though not usually fatal, leaky pipe syndrome can
wreak havoc on your home’s health as well as yours, the homeowner.
What do you do if your home catches this disease? We know you love your
home (and yourself) and want to keep it as healthy as possible.
Is Leaky Pipe Syndrome Contagious?
Sadly, the answer is yes. If not caught in time, this syndrome can spread
throughout your home. What caused this disease? You are probably the victim
of galvanized pipe syndrome which has turned into leaky pipe syndrome
years later. Galvanized pipes which were installed in many southern California
homes 25 – 30 years ago were thought to be a healthy pipe alternative.
Metal pipes were “galvanized” (coated with zinc) to prevent
rusting. Unfortunately they did not perform as expected. And the result
is what your home is now suffering.
Symptoms of Leaky Pipe Syndrome
Depending on the stage of the illness, you may not have noticed your pipes
leaking. Sometimes the signs are not so obvious. So, what should you look
for? Some of the symptoms include high water bills, low water pressure,
and water turning very hot or cold in one room of the house if someone
turns on a tap in another room. You may also hear the sound of water running
in your pipes even though there is no water being used in your home at
the time. Another symptom is damp spots on walls or on the floor. This
indicates that there is a pipe leak behind the wall or under the concrete
slab under your home.
Is There a Cure for Leaky Pipe Syndrome?
The good news is yes, this condition can be completely alleviated. It requires
a repiping doctor, preferably a specialist who is highly trained and has
an excellent track record. The repiping doctor will have to replace the
pipes. The best replacement choices are copper or PEX but you can consult
the repiping specialist on the best form of treatment for your home.