Leaky pipes can be hard to detect. They can lie dormant for months before their grand entrance – through your floors, in your walls or down from your ceiling. Identifying the source can be challenging, but if left unchecked, a hidden leak can do major damage to your home and leave you and your family vulnerable to illness.
Sure, a little dripping from a closed faucet can be a bit of an inconvenience, but anything more than that can be a major problem. It’s prudent to check all the rooms in your home periodically (once a month) and look out for these 5 telltale signs of a hidden water leak.
1. Water Pooling
Any time you notice water pooling anywhere inside your home where it shouldn’t; it’s never good. Here are some common areas water can pool in your home:
- Bath tubs
- Laundry rooms
- Basement sump pumps
- Hot water tanks
If you see unusual wet spots on your floors, a leaking pipe could be the culprit.
2. Mold, Mildew or any Rotten Odor
Mold and mildew have an unmistakable, musty smell and can be a sign of a hidden water leak. Mold needs a moist environment to grow. Your leaking pipe hidden in a wall is mold’s idea of heaven. Be it a break in your sewage line, a leak in your toilet or a laundry drain issue, our expert plumbers at Henry Plumbing Company will find it and remedy it fast.
3. Higher Than Usual Water Bill
A water bill that is higher than it needs to be is a sign of a water leak inside your home. Leaky pipes can be the cause of a soaring water bill, and we can help. Try to keep track of your water bills from month to month; if you see a spike from one month to the next with no change in your habits – give us a call.
4. Foundation Cracks
All houses settle and can develop small hairline cracks. If you notice a new crack in your foundation, it may be due to a hidden leak. Any water that is constantly in contact with a foundation can weaken it and cause serious damage. If you see bathroom tiles lifting, you may have a burst pipe underneath your floor and a potentially significant repair job on your hands.
5. Squeaky Faucets and Other Noises
A faucet that makes a funny squeak when you turn it on or off can be an alarm bell too; a dripping tap is a relatively easy fix but left unchecked can corrode your sink terribly.
Any bubbling or unexplained groaning noises could mean a toilet leak. Be vigilant, check everything once a month and if you hear or see any of the above (or below) give us a call.
- Sound of running water
- Rust around pipes
- Low water pressure
- Damaged Paint/Wallpaper
Only knowledgeable, local, experienced Savanah plumbers – like the team at Henry Plumbing Company – can fix leaking pipes for good. We are proud to be a part of Buy Local here in Savannah because we believe that everyone deserves high-quality work at a fair price that benefits our community. We have been proudly serving the Savanah region for over 35 years. Contact us today at 912-352-9827.