A single plumbing leak can cause serious devastation in your home. Water is not known for playing nice with manmade structures, furniture and other household materials. Obvious leaks can be repaired quickly, limiting the potential for damage. It is the hidden leaks that are the most costly.
Look out for these five signs that you may have a plumbing leak in your home. It is important to identify leaks quickly in order to prevent damage and reduce the cost of potential repairs.
While you have been spending all summer trying to reduce your water usage, a plumbing leak may have undone all that good work. When you use more water, it is expected that water bills will increase. However, it is important to keep an eye out for higher than usual bills, as it may indicate there is a leak in your plumbing.
A water meter should not continue to run after you have shut off the supply. Periodically, shut off all the water to all appliances in your home and at the mains. Take a reading of the meter and return an hour later to check again. If you haven’t used any water and the meter is still running, it usually indicates a leak.
Mold and Mildew
A certain degree of mold is to be expected in bathrooms and even kitchens. However, if you are seeing mold on non-shower walls or ceilings, it suggests there is a leak somewhere. It is important to have such leaks repaired, as the water will cause damage to walls and ceilings, and may also negatively impact on human health.
Musty smells often occur due to a leak that has resulted in the presence of standing water. You may experience more unpleasant smells if there is a leak in a toilet or sewer line. Sewer gases can pose a risk to your health, so be sure to call Show Plumbing for an inspection immediately if you have this kind of leak.
Water damage and staining is a sure giveaway that you either have condensation or a leak in your home. If you cannot access pipes around the area where the damage has occurred, bringing in a professional plumber is the only way to protect the structures of your home from further damage.
If your Texas plumbing has sprung a leak, call in the team from Show Plumbing to fix things up quickly and effectively.