When people imagine a plumbing leak they envision water spraying wildly from a pipe. The truth is that most plumbing leaks are much more subtle and may continue for days, months, or even years before the homeowner is able to discover the problem.
Plumbing leaks can become expensive problems very quickly. The longer they go unnoticed, the longer the costs can continue to add up.
Watching for the signs of a plumbing leak can help you catch and manage the leak quickly while reducing damage and repair costs. Here are a few signs of leaks to keep an eye out for in your own home.
1. Higher Than Normal Water Bills
A plumbing leak can hit your wallet long before you have even had to do any repairs. A rising water bill without any obvious reasons is a good indication that there may be a plumbing leak in your home.
The EPA estimates that a leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day. That kind of expense on your water bill could be a major shock.
If the cost of your water bill can’t be explained then you should reach out to a plumber who will know some of the most common leaks to search for. Not only could you prevent major damage and repairs, you will get your water bill under control as well.
2. Stains on Floors, Walls, and Ceilings
If you notice some unexplained stains on areas away from water sources, this should be a major red flag. Slow water leaks inside the walls and floors of your home can slowly stain the drywall or flooring.
These stains may be difficult to spot as they slowly build up over time in many cases. If you notice staining along with sagging or bubbling then this could indicate a major leak. Shut off your water and call a plumber immediately.
3. A Musty Smell in Your Home
Identifying a musty smell in your home can be alarming. These smells can build up over time and we may become used to them without realizing there may be a problem.
Musty smells can be produced by standing water and mold. Mold often develops around plumbing leaks as it grows best in dark, cool, and wet areas.
Repairing a leak is the first step in eradicating mold in your home. The health effects of mold can be dangerous, especially for children or people with poor immune systems.
Don’t Wait, Call a Plumbing Expert
Some people wrongly assume that a small plumbing leak is no cause for urgency. The truth is that a small leak can quickly turn into a major leak and what you see on the outside of the walls may only be a small indication of the true damage inside.
At Evans Plumbing, we have worked with families to identify and repair leaks of all sizes. Our team is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone in your home and helping you avoid bigger problems that lead to staggering repair costs.