The sometimes tricky thing about plumbing issues is they’re really good at hiding! They often occur behind the walls of your home, and sometimes even under the foundational slab of your property, so they’re often almost undetectable. Some plumbing problems, however, such as a clogged drain or a leaky faucet, are pretty apparent and you don’t really need to know the signs since you can see them clearly.
However, for your hidden pipes, a problem can go unnoticed for quite some time, and do a lot of damage to your property if you aren’t attentive to your pipes. As we mentioned, plumbing problems can be hard to detect. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that you might have a hidden leak in your home so you can catch it early.
Cracks in the Home’s Foundation
Are you living in an older home? If so, it’s natural to see a few small cracks and fissures here and there in the foundation. But what isn’t normal to see is an excess amount of cracks with no apparent cause for them.
When slab leaks go undetected for too long, they can cause the structural foundation of your home to weaken. This is one of those plumbing problems that warrant a call to the professionals right away.
Increase in Your Water Bills
Do you know what to expect when you get your monthly water bill? If you and your family use reasonable amounts of water throughout the year, but you notice that your water bills are getting higher and higher without explanation, then it might be that you have a leak. The longer you allow a leak to continue, the higher those water bills will get.
Visible Water Damage
When a leak goes undetected for too long, water can start pooling in unlikely places. If you see stains on the floor, ceiling, or walls, especially during a time that rainfall isn’t common, then it could very well be a sign of water damage. This is also true for warped walls, doors, bubbling surfaces, and buckling floors.
The Presence of Mold and Mildew
If you notice mildew, mold, or even mushrooms growing in unlikely spots, such as between your carpet and your baseboards, this is a definite clue that there’s a plumbing leak. Water leaks will raise the humidity levels in your home and create an environment where mold and fungi can flourish.
The Sound of Running Water
Do you detect the sound of running water, even though you have no taps or plumbing appliances on? It may not sound like a rushing stream or anything dramatic like that, but if you think you hear a trickle or a dripping noise coming from behind a wall or beneath the floor, it warrants a call to our pros.
If you notice these signs or if you have any reason to suspect a leak, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.