It kind of goes without saying that if you have a leaky pipe in your home that’s in a spot you can’t see or access, it’s a problem. Some plumbing issues do make themselves known fairly quickly, such as a clogged toilet or a dripping faucet. But the pipes tucked away in your home—in your basement, under the sinks, behind the walls—are far less noticeable.
A problem can occur with these pipes and go unnoticed for quite a while, causing problems all that time. If you aren’t attentive, then you could wind up wasting a lot of water, spending extra money, and winding up with property damage. So, how can you tell if you do have a hidden plumbing leak like this? By looking for the following signs:
Cracks in the Foundation of Your Home
Do you live in an older home? It’s common to see a few cracks here and there, caused by your house settling. What’s abnormal, however, is seeing an excessive amount of cracks and no obvious cause for them.
When slab leaks (leaks that occur in the pipes beneath your home’s foundation) go undetected for too long, they can cause the structural foundation of the home to weaken, which will lead to these cracks.
Unexplained Increase in Water Bills
When you get your water bill every month, you likely know what to expect. If you’ve used reasonable amounts of water in the last few months but noticed excessively high bills, it might be because of a leak. And the longer you let this leak go, the more water you waste and the higher your bills will rise.
Visible Water Damage
If a leak continues on for too long, water will start pooling in unlikely areas. So if you notice stains on your floor, walls, or ceilings, it could be a sign of water damage. You should also watch out for warped walls and doors as well as bubbling surfaces or buckled flooring.
Mold or Mildew Growth
If you ever notice mold or mildew in the crevices of your home, particularly in unlikely places that don’t typically see a lot of moisture, you may have a water leak. Leaks can raise the overall humidity levels in your home, creating a great environment for mold growth.
Choose Our Team for Your Plumbing Needs!
Once you think you detect something amiss with your plumbing, the next best step is to give our team a call. We will employ professional leak detection services. How do we do this? With a couple of different methods. We have listening devices we can use to accurately pinpoint leaks, as well as video camera inspection tools.
With the latter, we use a small camera snaked through your pipe system to see where the problem is. This is also useful for spotting clogs, too! From there, we can make recommendations for repairs, and get those on your schedule at your earliest convenience.
Don’t leave your plumbing to chance! When you need plumbing help, we’re the team to call.