Many homeowners are unaware that they have plumbing leaks in their homes. The EPA estimates that 10% of homes in the United States have leaks that waste about 90 gallons of water per day. As a responsible homeowner, it’s important to be aware of these signs so you can call a professional plumber to fix the problem. Here are some of the most common indicators that you have a leak.
Higher Than Usual Water Bills
If you’ve noticed that your water bill is gradually increasing, it could be a sign that you have a hidden plumbing leak in your home. Of course, there are other potential explanations for a sudden increase in your water usage. It could be new appliances or additional family members. However, if you rule out these possibilities, it’s time to take a closer look at your plumbing.
Water Stains on Ceilings or Walls
Water stains on your ceilings or walls are usually caused by water seeping through cracks or holes in your pipes. They can be both unsightly and damaging to your walls or ceiling. If you notice water stains, have a professional plumber come out to inspect your pipes and determine the source of the leak.
In many cases, these leaks can be easily fixed with a simple repair. However, if the leak is left unaddressed, it could eventually lead to more serious damage, such as mold growth or structural issues.
Low Water Pressure
One of the most common signs of a hidden plumbing leak is low water pressure. If you suddenly find that your shower doesn’t have the same power as it used to or that your faucets are dripping, it’s possible that you have a leak somewhere in your system.
Water leaks can occur anywhere there are pipes, so check all the places where water enters your home. It could be the main shut-off valve, the meter box, and any outdoor spigots. It could also be a broken pipe, so calling a plumber is the best course of action.
Wet Spot in the Yard
Have you noticed a wet spot in your yard that doesn’t seem to be related to any recent rain or watering? It could be evidence of a water line bursting underground and leaking water into the soil. Given that underground pipes are out of sight, it can be difficult to detect a leak until it has caused significant damage.
Another possibility is that the leak is coming from a drain pipe that has become corroded or blocked. In either case, have the leak fixed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your property.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in damp, dark places, which makes them the perfect candidates for growing behind walls or beneath floors where leaks are likely to occur. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems, trigger allergies, and worsen asthma symptoms.
If you see mold or mildew growing on walls, ceilings, or floors, investigate further. Check for any signs of water damage, such as stains or warping. Even a small drip can provide enough moisture for these fungi to thrive.
Sagging or Warping Floor
Sagging or warped floors are usually caused by water seeping through cracks in the foundation or flooring, and over time, this can cause the materials to weaken and sag. In some cases, you may also notice cracks in the floor or tile.
If you notice any areas of your floor that seem to be drooping or out of level, have a professional inspector take a look as soon as possible.
These are just a few of the signs that you may have a hidden plumbing leak in your home. If you suspect that you have a leak, it’s crucial to take action quickly. A qualified plumber will assess the situation, use special equipment to detect hidden leaks, and then proceed to make the necessary repairs. If you have noticed any of these signs, contact us at Apollo Heating, Air & Plumbing today.