If you own a home you know that at some point you’re going to be faced with a leak somewhere in the home. If you or your partner are very handy then you might be able to find that leak and fix it before it ends up becoming an emergency situation. Or you’ll do the smart thing and call a professional plumbing service when you first notice a leak. Neither myself or my husband are handy, and we did not do the smart thing. So we ended up with a funny story to tell and a lot of damage that had to be fixed by actual professionals. Here’s the story:
When I putting my daughter to bed one night I noticed a small dark stain on her ceiling. Since the third floor master bathroom is above her bedroom after I put her to bed I told my husband we must have a leak in the master bathroom and asked him to see if he could find it. He brushed me off and told me it was probably just a shadow.
So the next day while she was at school I got a stepladder and got up on it to inspect the stain. It was not a shadow, and it was damp to the touch. It was a leak. I told my husband that when he got home from work. He went into our daughter’s room, looked as the stain, which was bigger now, and told me I was worrying over nothing but he’d look in the bathroom to see if he could find a leak. He “looked” but didn’t find anything.
The stain didn’t get any bigger so I put it out of my mind and forgot about it. Until the morning when I went into my daughter’s room to put some laundry away and saw some paint flecks on her bedspread. I looked up. They weren’t paint flecks, they were small pieces of the ceiling. Just as I realized that I heard a noise and instinctively stepped back as the entire corner of the ceiling came fluttering down onto her bed.
There was a leak. Caused by a hairline crack in the pipe going to the bathroom sink. And that hairline crack became a major crack that burst the pipe. I immediately called a professional plumbing service. The techs who came to the house were very nice but there was no denying that if we had called earlier they would have been able to fix the hairline crack before it caused the pipe to burst. A simple and inexpensive service call would have saved us a lot of time and money.
So now I know that if I suspect there is a leak in the plumbing I need to call professional plumbers immediately and not wait for my husband to do nothing. If you suspect that there’s a leak in your plumbing don’t do what we did. Don’t wait for the leak to become an emergency. Call a professional plumbing service and get it fixed quickly.