Leaks- they’re one of those things that seem minor, but if we let them go on long enough, they can waste gallons of water and cause severe damage throughout your home. This is particularly true for leaks that exist beneath the slab of your home or even behind your walls, since they’re often not easily detectable. Water and waste can be harmful, not only to your property but also to your health. Mold and bacteria grow in damp, dark, cold environments which can often be where your integral plumbing pipes are located.
Luckily for us, there are some serious red flags that can alert any homeowner to a problematic leak occurring somewhere in their plumbing. When it comes to plumbing problems, the earlier they’re found, the better. So, let’s take a look.
What Are the Signs?
We’ll get to them, but before we do- remember that you should always contact one of our professional technicians if any of these apply to you. It can’t be stated enough that leaks and water damage can be detrimental to your property as well as your family’s health!
Nose Knows Best!
There’s a damp, musty smell that always relates to water damage. You know the smell I’m talking about. It’s similar to the smell of wet clothes that you forgot to put in the dryer before you went on vacation. When humidity is at its peak, especially in our climate, people often think that this musty smell is normal. If you’ve got some wet towels or forgotten laundry—sure, that’s far from abnormal—but if you’re sensing that smell from the walls or drains, that could be the sign of a big problem.
The smell of mildew in your home could be the first hint of a mold problem in your walls or pipes. Breathing mold spores or using moldy water could be incredibly detrimental for your health and can make you extremely sick. Don’t take this warning lightly, call us to repair the leak and then contact a professional mold removal service as soon as possible.
Keep Your Ears Alert
When water leaks from pipes or drains, it tends to make a noticeable sound. Sounds of water are often very prominent in our homes, whether they’re a draining sink or a running shower. If you hear a dripping noise or the sound of running water coming from your walls, that could be a very clear sign of a leak.
It’s usually a good idea to wait a little bit when you hear this noise to make sure that nobody is running the shower or flushing the toilet. If you can narrow down that no water should be running while you hear this noise, then it’s a good idea to call us to fix it.
Unexpected Water Bills
This is a pretty easy red flag to notice if you’re paying close attention to your water bills. Leaks and plumbing problems can lead to a huge waste of water that homeowners end up paying for. If you notice a spike in your water bills, you could have a leak that’s draining the water that you pay for.