If there is water on the floor, that is one sure sign that your pipes are leaking. But invisible leaks can cause severe water damage before even being detected.
Hidden leaks are more challenging to detect because they can occur in areas where you cannot see, such as the walls, floor, or ceilings. As a result, they may have already done significant damage by the time you notice them.
Luckily, you should pay close attention to these signs to detect hidden leaks early and prevent water damage to your home.
Have you noted your water bill is significantly higher than usual? Water bills should not vary substantially from month to month. If you get a higher water bill than your average and there has been no known increase in water use, you may have a water leak somewhere in your home. To diagnose the problem, contact your local certified master plumber.
If you notice the sound of running or dripping water but no appliances are turned on, or anyone is using the water, you may have leaking pipes. Running water isn’t heard for no reason. Hearing it means something is going on somewhere and needs to be identified and fixed. To minimize damage, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve, then contact a plumber to assist you in identifying and quickly fixing the issue.
Leaking pipes result in damp spots, and damp areas result in mold. Mold stinks. You may have leaking pipes if your home has a musty odor despite regular cleaning. Try to locate the source of the smell and determine where it is strongest. This can assist you in narrowing down the source or directing your plumber in the right direction. Furthermore, if your shower is rapidly growing mold or mildew, you most likely have a leaking shower head.
Mold and mildew growth is one of an invisible leak’s most nasty side effects. Excess moisture causes this growth, which can occur anywhere and go undetected for prolonged periods. If the musty odor we mentioned earlier persists, or if you notice even the tiniest hint of mold in your home, it’s best to have it checked out.
Watch out for moldy, discolored, or wet areas of your flooring. If no spills have occurred, these spots could result from leaking pipes. Look for spots on the floor near sinks, tubs, or other large pipelines.
A decreased water pressure indicates the possibility of a large water line fracture. If you notice a significant or rapid drop in water pressure, turn off all water in your home and call your local plumber for assistance.
If you notice any of the above signs in your Rutland home, give GW Savage a call. We know how to locate the source of the water and provide the best water damage remediation in the shortest time possible. We even know how to work with your insurance company so you don’t have to. Call give GW Savage today.