Published on September 27, 2021

How to Detect Second Story Plumbing Leaks

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Second Story Leaks

Unlike a single-story home, the water from a plumbing leak in a two-story home will likely head to different areas, causing additional issues!  We will explain what the causes of such a leak might be, how to detect them, and what to do when you have a second-story leak!

4 Possible Second Story Plumbing Leaks

1. LEAKY TOILET

If a toilet needs to have the seal replaced or the wax ring replaced, then a leak may occur.

2. LEAKY SHOWER

A sneaky way that showers leak is water getting through worn-out grout. You might not think much water could get through there, but you would be unpleasantly surprised.  And, it doesn’t take much water to cause damage.  The pipes themselves could also have a leak.

3. LEAKY SINK

Bathrooms are the mecca of water in the house. Along with a shower, there are often multiple sinks. There are multiple parts under the sinks or in the faucets that can come loose causing leaks.  Like with showers, the actual pipes could also leak.

4. LEAKY WASHING MACHINE

While it may be convenient to have a laundry room upstairs where all the bedrooms are, from a plumbing perspective, this may not be the best plan as it places one more item upstairs that can leak via a leaky pipe or loose connection.

3 Ways to Detect Second-Story Plumbing Leaks

1. DISCOLORATION OF FIRST-FLOOR CEILING

This generally appears as yellowish or brown markings on the first-floor ceiling which are watermarks from the leak.

2. PEELING PAINT OR SOFT DRYWALL

If your first-floor ceiling or walls have peeling paint or soft drywall that is a sign of a water leak from the second-story or pipes in the wall.

3. DRIPPING WATER

This is the most obvious sign of a leak! If “raindrops keep falling on your head” and you’re in the living room, there is a problem!

What Should I Do if I Have a Second-Story Plumbing Leak?

If it is apparent that you have a second-story plumbing leak, remove everything in the area that you possibly can that could be damaged by the leak. If you can turn off the source of the leak, do so. This may mean turning off a water valve under the sink, for instance.

CALL A PROFESSIONAL PLUMBER!

If you live in the Melbourne and Palm Bay area, call us at Sun Plumbing!  With over 45 years of experience, your second-story leak is no match for our plumbing expertise!  With service “as dependable as the sun,” we are here for all your plumbing needs!

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