Given that most of your home’s plumbing system is hidden behind walls or beneath the floor, it can be really hard to detect plumbing leaks—especially since the signs of these leaks are usually subtle to start with!
This is the main reason we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself and your family with the warning signs that your plumbing system is experiencing problems. On the rare chance that a problem does happen between maintenance visits, this way you can spot it quickly and call for repairs right away.
Read on as we uncover several of the most common signs you have a leak.
A Drop in Water Pressure
A decline in your water pressure is never a good sign. It may mean any number of different things, depending on how severe the loss is and how quickly it happens. Usually, a loss of water pressure means you either have a leak or blockage somewhere in the system.
A slow loss of pressure over time means a growing leak or blockage, such as a buildup of limescale blocking the flow of water. A sudden loss of pressure, though, could mean you have a pipe rupture. This qualifies as an emergency that must be remedied right away. Regardless of which has occurred, it’s time for you to call a plumber ASAP!
Unnaturally High Water Bills
It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your water bills from month to month, just in case they start to rise unexpectedly. Water bills that seem to be rising beyond what’s normal for the amount of water you use could mean that you have a leak somewhere in your system. If your monthly bills indicate you’re using substantially more water than you actually are, it’s a good idea to have your plumbing system checked.
Running Water Meter
One relatively simple way to see if your plumbing system is leaking is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, then check your water meter. If the meter is still running, it means that water is probably still leaving your system somewhere. This means you have a leak! Be sure to give our plumbers a call.
Visible Signs of Water Damage
Even if you’re super-aware of these types of things, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that a lot of plumbing problems only become noticeable once they’ve gotten far enough along to start inflicting damage. Pinhole leaks and the like are often found only after they have rotted out the surrounding area with water damage. If you notice any signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling, it’s a good idea to call a professional to check on it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can become!