Detecting and eliminating unwanted dampness
Hidden leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water per year and often result in serious damage to the underlying structure of your home. Watch for these signs to detect leaks so you can take action before they become severe.
Increased Water Bills
A sudden spike in your water bill is one of the telltale signs of a hidden leak. If you can’t find any reason for the change and your bills remain high even when you’re trying to be conservative, it’s time to have the plumbing checked.
Hidden water can cause dark places, rings, or other color changes to appear on the ceiling and walls around your home. In some cases this may be the result of a leaky roof, but it could also mean that the pipes are sending water where it shouldn’t be going.
Peeling or Blistered Walls
Water inside walls can cause wallpaper and paint to blister, bubble, or peel. This is rarely the result of normal exposure to steam and can be indicative of a leak that has been slowly growing worse over time. It’s best to call a plumber as soon as possible when you see these signs.
Sagging or Wet Floors
If your bathroom floor seems excessively wet after you take a shower, or the floors in other parts of your home start to sag for no apparent reason, a hidden leak could be to blame. A little bit of water can be normal, especially if you live in a humid climate, but you shouldn’t see puddles or damp places with tiles that are coming loose.
Moldy Smell or Visible Mold
Leaky pipes create the damp conditions that are prime breeding grounds for mold. You may see mold growing in places where the walls, ceiling, or floor have been continually wet due to a leak. Even when there isn’t any visible growth, mold creates a musty “old basement” smell that’s hard to miss and shouldn’t be ignored. Mold growth can cause serious health complications, especially for people with sensitivities, allergies, and asthma.
Don’t wait to have your pipes checked when you discover these signs of a water leak. Letting a leak go could result in serious damage that’s expensive to fix. Instead, nip the problem in the bud by giving ABC Home & Commercial Services in San Antonio a call. Our team of specialists is fully equipped to provide your home with the plumbing services necessary to stop leaks and prevent further damage.