A hidden leak is one that you won’t notice right away. Hidden leaks can be small or big. But regardless of size, hidden leaks can add up to gallons of wasted water if left unfixed. Leaks can cause severe damage to your home’s structure.
Hidden leaks can be a challenge to spot and even harder to repair, especially if you don’t know what to look for. Therefore, as a homeowner, learning how to detect a hidden leak in your home is important. You can catch the leak early and avoid structural damage and wasted water.
The following are four signs that can help you identify a hidden leak.
1. Mildew or Mold
Perhaps the most obvious sign of a hidden plumbing leak is mildew or mold. Mold is a fungus that tends to flourish in moist areas. Therefore, mildew or mold in your house indicates that moisture is present.
Mold usually appears as green or black spots on walls or ceilings and can cause health problems like allergies over time.
A leak hidden somewhere in the structure’s interior walls, ceiling, or attic space could be the cause of mold growth. Leaks increase the humidity levels in your home, thereby creating a favorable environment for mold growth.
If you find mold in areas not typically exposed to moisture, like bedroom walls, check for a leak in the vicinity.
2. Damaged Paint or Wallpaper
A leaky pipe can cause water to drip down the wall and floor. When water seeps into a wall cavity, the water can cause moisture to accumulate. As the water seeps through the wall cavity, it causes the paint or wallpaper to bubble and peel away.
By the time you notice peeling paint or wallpaper, the leak has usually been there for quite a while. Therefore, have a professional fix the leak immediately to prevent further structural problems.
3. Reduced Water Pressure
Are you frustrated with low water pressure when you wash your hands or take a shower? Low water pressure is a surefire sign of a problem with your plumbing. If water flows through a crack and not the regular outlet, your water fixtures will release water with less force.
Inspect for leaks when you notice a drastic change in water pressure in your fixtures. While you can identify some leaks quickly by the sound of bubbles, drops, or hisses, most are difficult to locate.
To conduct a leak inspection, turn off all your taps and record the water meter. If your meter still records usage, there’s a leak in your plumbing.
4. Unusually High Water Bills
A sudden hike in your water bill is cause for alarm, and it could mean many things. Your water meter may be faulty, or your plumbing may be leaking.
Other potential causes of high water bills include a leaking toilet, change in water usage, or new appliances. But if your water bill suddenly spikes without any significant change in household occupancy, habits, or activities, your plumbing pipes or fixtures might be leaking.
Highly unexplainable water bills can be stressful and costly if you don’t detect them in good time. So be sure you get to the root of the problem as soon as possible.
No one enjoys the thought of a plumbing leak in their home. But leaks in a home’s plumbing system are surprisingly common, and most homeowners won’t notice them for weeks or months.
The best way to be sure of a leak is to contact a professional plumber who will be able to pinpoint and repair any leaks quickly and efficiently. You can, however, avoid plumbing leaks, through preventative maintenance which includes regular professional plumbing inspection.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at Arnold & Sons Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Services, and we’ll be happy to help.