When it comes to home maintenance and upkeep, we have to admit, one of the trickiest things to handle is plumbing. Most homeowners can’t readily check and inspect the pipes and other parts of the house’s water system. More often than not, the problem gets to a breaking point before you notice, resulting in more damage and higher costs in the end.
To help you avoid that outcome, we’ve put together a list of 5 indicators that you might have a leak in your plumbing system somewhere. If you find the issue fast enough, it can save you from massive headaches and expensive repairs. Just follow this advice and you’ll know when it’s time to call us.
5 Ways to Detect When You Have a Leak
Any of these can be a sign that you have a leak and it’s time to reach out for repair services:
1) Wet Spots on the Walls and/or Ceiling
One of the most obvious signs of a leak is water spots on the walls and ceilings. Wet drywall typically turns brown or yellow and certain paints bubble up, making it stick out and easy for you to see.
2) Dripping Noises or Constant Running Water
If you walk around the house and hear running water when no one is washing dishes or taking a shower, then that’s another sign there may be a leak. Also, you might hear drips when doing laundry or using water because the water is flowing through the house.
3) Unpleasant and Lingering Odors
Your sense of smell can clue you in on a number of problems. For one, if there’s an issue with one of the sewage pipes like cracks, your nose will definitely let you know. But also, there’s also the pungent smell of mold and mildew. Leaks often create the ideal conditions for them to grow.
4) Take a Look at Your Water Meter
Your water meter can be a surefire way to know if there’s a leak somewhere. Make sure all the water is not in use in your house, and then locate the meter. If you notice it changing, that means there’s likely a fast leak somewhere in the line. However, if you don’t notice anything at first– give it an hour or two to check again. If there’s a change this time, that’s an indication that there’s a slower leak at play.
5) Check Your Water Bill
The water bill can tell you if there’s something up with the plumbing system too. If it’s higher than usual– and your habits and water usage haven’t changed– that could be a sign there’s a leak using extra water on your dime. Take a look at past water bills and look to see if it’s been increasing over time. And if you suspect something is up, don’t hesitate to reach out to a plumbing expert.