Think You Have a Leak?

Is something telling you that you have a hidden leak somewhere in your home? Where a major leak presents itself in not so welcoming way, hidden leaks can be slow, gradual and sneaky. Hidden leaks like major leaks have a way of making themselves known when the damage is already done. In fact, with hidden leaks, the average family can waste up to 11,000 gallons of water a year due to hidden leaks. Costly and problematic, leaks are sometimes inevitable, but if you know what to look for you may be able to stop a leak before it becomes a real plumbing nightmare. Here are several leak indicators to be on the lookout for in your home.

Higher than normal water bills are usually the first things people notice when they have a hidden leak. If your water bill spikes for more than a month and you have not changed or increased water consumption in your home you probably have a hidden leak. If you know how to read your water meter, it will be obvious if you have a water leak or not. You can find videos on the web that give you step by step instructions on how to properly read your meter.

Do you have mold on a non-shower wall? If a pipe is leaking inside a wall, that wall may show signs of dampness or mold. If you notice mold or mildew in your home it’s important to find the source of the problem quickly, fix the leak and engage in thorough mold removal practices. Mold can be detrimental to your health and mold spores can ruin furniture and clothes.

If you being to notice any sagging stained or damaged walls or ceilings, investigate immediately. Humidity can cause some of these similar problems, so it’s not always a leak but it’s worth checking out rather than ignoring.

Does your house or a certain room have a musty smell even after you’ve just cleaned it? Standing water from leaks can become musty smelling. If your nose is telling you that there’s something wrong, than find the source of the smell, it may just lead you to a leak problem. If you can’t find the root of your problem, call a professional plumber right away to quickly resolve potential leak dilemmas.

Posted on behalf of Keith Lee, Metro Septic and Plumbing