Plumbers install water pipes behind walls and under concrete, mainly for the homeowner’s benefit. After all, who wants to be tripping over and running into exposed pipes all day.
However, when it comes to spotting leaks in your plumbing, this setup is less than ideal. More often than not, you won’t even realize you leak until you’re ankle-deep in the water!
If you want to avoid flooding, water damage, and all of the issues with leaky pipes, you need to look out for these few signs.
An Increase In Your Water Bill
There aren’t always visible traces of a water leak, but there’s always one place where you’ll find evidence of a leak; your water bill. Even small leaks often waste tens of gallons of water a day. So over the course of a month, the water wasted because of a small leak will add up and create a noticeable increase in water spending. This change will be all the more noticeable if you have multiple or large leaks.
If a leak is seeping into building materials, you’re sure to see wet spots develop. They’ll start small but soon grow to saturate the area around the leak.
If you find a wet spot in your home that won’t dry no matter what you do, then chances are good you leak your pipes. Take care of these leaks quickly, or you’ll have a larger issue on your hands, namely mold!
Mold & Mildew
Whenever dry building materials touch moisture, one thing is sure to follow; mold. Mold can not only compromise a building’s structural integrity, but the spores it puts out can harm people!
Whenever you see mold in your home (and no, not in those week-old leftovers in the fridge), make sure to call professionals to inspect it. Then make sure to call a plumber to assess and repair the leak in your home before the problem worsens.
While most other problems caused by leaks are easy enough to solve, foundation cracks could end your home. These fissures result from concrete slab leaks that slowly penetrate and weaken a building’s foundation. Eventually, the slab gives out under the weight of the building and begins to buckle. Call an expert quickly if you notice any cracks in your property’s foundation. If not caught in time, fractures could spell the end of a building.
Fix Water Leaks Before It’s Too Late
These signs are great and easy ways to identify leaks, but they’re not foolproof. The only way to know whether or not you have leaks is to call a professional plumber like Streamline Plumbing. We can use the latest leak detection technology to pinpoint the position of a leak in your plumbing. We even provide emergency services for when you have a leak that needs care immediately. So give us a call today, and we’ll help you identify and eliminate any of the leaks on your property.
Alternatively, if you live in the Denver area, you could give our friends at Done Plumbing & Heating a call for help with your leaks. Done’s the authority in Aurora leak detection & repair, and they can help you find a solution for all of your leaks.