How to Tell If You Have a Water Leak?
Because a water leak in your walls, basement, or foundation can go undetected for months or even years before you begin to see the damage, it’s important to be on the lookout for early warning signs.
Here are a few common indicators that you may have a water leak:
- Sudden, unexplained spike in your water bill
- Mildew or moisture buildup under floors or carpeting
- Running water sounds even when taps aren’t turned on
- Bulging walls or ceilings
- Unusually low water pressure
- Sudden cracks in your walls or baseboards
- An odor of mold or mildew
- Water meter activity
Do you randomly experience poor water pressure? One potential cause is water leaks. When water leaks from your pipes, it disrupts the flow of water. The result is a less enjoyable shower. Speaking of showers, keep your ears peeled for dripping noises. If you hear dripping when the shower is off, you might have a leak.
In addition to observing your shower and faucets, keep an eye on your home. More specifically, look for signs of home damage, such as warped flooring, puddles or discoloration. These problems are often caused by water leaks. Over time, they can result in mold growth, which encourages unhealthy allergens.
Finally, check your water meter activity and water bills. Is your water meter running when nobody is using the water? Are your water bills higher than normal? If the answer to both these questions is yes, you probably have leaks that are using up your water. If left unaddressed, you’ll wind up paying for water you’re not using.
Although there are signs you can look out for, it usually isn’t easy to catch leaks. And, by the time you do catch them, there may already be damage to your home. At the very least, you’ll have a higher water bill. So, the sooner you can detect leaks, the better.
If you notice any of the above signs, contact Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric for fast, friendly solutions from our expert technicians. If we detect a water leak, we’ll be able to stop it and provide solutions for rerouting your pipe. From maintenance services that can prevent future plumbing issues to detection and repair, our expert plumbers are ready to help.