The tricky thing about plumbing problems is that they hide really well. Often occurring behind walls, and sometimes even under the foundation of your home, they’re pretty undetectable. Some plumbing problems, like a clogged drain or a leaking faucet, are pretty obvious, and you don’t necessarily need to know the signs since you can see them at face value.
But for your hidden pipes, a problem can happen and go unnoticed for a significant amount of time, and do a lot of damage to your property in the meantime, if you’re not attentive to your plumbing system. Like we said, plumbing problems can be hard to detect. There are signs to look for, though! Read on to learn about some.
Cracks in Your Home’s Foundation
Do you live in an older home? Then it’s natural to see a few small cracks and fissures in your foundation. But what’s not normal is if you see an excess amount of cracks and there is no apparent cause for them.
When water leaks—specifically slab leaks—go undetected for too long, it can cause the structural foundation of your home to weaken. This is one of those plumbing problems that warrants a call to the professionals right away.
Spike in Water Bills
Do you know what to expect when you get your monthly water bill? If you and your family use reasonable amounts of water throughout the year, yet you notice your water bills have gotten higher and higher recently, you could very well have a leak. The longer a leak goes on, the higher those water bills will get!
Visible Water Damage
When a leak goes undetected, water can begin pooling in unlikely places. If you see stains on your floor, ceiling, or walls (particularly during a time that rainfall isn’t common), it’s often a sign of water damage. This is true as well for warped walls, doors, bubbling surfaces, and buckling floors.
The Presence of Mold and Mildew
If you notice mold, mildew, or even mushrooms growing in unlikely spaces, like between your carpet and your baseboards, this is a definite sign of a plumbing leak. Water leaks raise the humidity levels in the home and create an environment where mold and fungi can flourish.
The Sound of Running Water
Do you hear water running, even though no taps or appliances are on? It might not sound like a rushing stream or anything like that, but if you think you hear a trickle or a dripping noise coming from behind a wall or beneath your floor, it absolutely warrants a call to our professionals.
“What Happens If I Suspect a Leak?”
If you do, in fact, suspect a leak, the best thing you can do is give our team a call. We’ll do what’s called a video pipe inspection and search your pipes with a small camera on the end of a cable to see where the leak is occurring and what the source is.
From here, we can make appropriate recommendations to get your plumbing system back in good shape. The resolution might be something as simple as fixing a pinhole leak, or it could be as serious as conducting whole-house repiping. The only way to know for sure is to give our pros a call!