If there is any one problem that most homeowners have dealt with at some point in their lives, it’s a plumbing problem. In particular, it’s a plumbing leak. And there are many reasons that a leak is concerning. For instance, even a “minor” leak like a dripping faucet can waste a huge amount of water over time. They trick you into thinking they’re not a big deal, and then the cost of wasted water begins adding up.
Larger leaks not only waste even more water, but can do significant damage to your home—this is particularly true if these leaks develop in walls, beneath floors, or above ceilings—which pretty much describes 95% of the leaks you might ever encounter. After all, much of your plumbing system is hidden from view. Since leaks can occur anywhere, it’s imperative that you know how to spot them. This isn’t always easy! But we’ve provided some guidelines below on what to look for.
Rising Water Bills
Spotting water leaks as soon as possible should be a top priority, but truth be told sometimes they don’t really start showing outwardly symptoms until they’ve gotten pretty bad. This doesn’t mean, however, that they aren’t causing damage as they go undetected.
Sure, your ceiling might not be caving in and you haven’t noticed any wet spots on your drywall. But the dampness created by even the most “minor” of leaks can lead to problems with biological pollutant growth, like mold and mildew. So, what can you watch out for? Rising water bills with no other explanation. If you notice this, the next best step is to call our pros for professional leak detection.
The Sound of Running Water with No Explanation
You’ve heard the phrase “keep your eyes out,” but we feel like your ears are pretty important too. Obviously, water makes a sound as it’s running. So, if you hear water running through your system even though no plumbing fixtures are running, you might be hearing the result of a leak.
Walk around and make sure nothing is on or that you’re not hearing the toilet running or someone taking a shower. If not, you’re probably hearing the results of a leak. Be sure to give us a call if you notice this sign so we can help you stop the leak and subsequent damage.
A Musty Odor in Your Home
Damp conditions will cause this kind of smell—and unfortunately, when you have as much humidity as we do in our area, you might just assume a musty smell is normal. But if it’s coming from inside your home, you might be dealing with a water leak that has caused biological pollutants to thrive.
If you smell something like mildew, then it could very well be due to a water leak inside the home. You’ll not only want to have the leak fixed, but you’ll want to follow that up with professional mold removal, since this can make you sick depending on the type of mold.