The majority of plumbing issues are relatively obvious. If you have a clogged toilet, you’ll immediately notice the trouble, as the toilet won’t flush! If the water pressure in your shower is faulty, your morning or nightly shower is going to be troublesome. A water leak, however, is typically a hidden issue. It’s an unwelcome surprise. If you have a leak, there are signs you can watch for. Of course, these signs typically present themselves elsewhere. The source of the leak is generally hidden behind walls or underneath flooring. Let’s take time to examine these signs.
Typical Signs of a Water Leak
Again, leaks can be troublesome to track down. You need to watch for the signs, including:
- Water Bill – A steady increase in your monthly water bill is a surefire sign that you’re leaking water from somewhere within the house. Compare your water bill from this month to the one from last month, or with the same month of the previous year.
- Mold – If you have a water leak, it will take about 48 hours before mold and mildew arise. You may notice damp spots and mold growth on the floor or the ceiling, or even in cupboards in the kitchen or bathroom.
- Wet Spots – On occasion, visually inspect around the bathroom and kitchen sinks, bathtub, toilet, and underneath cabinets. If you notice wet spots or discolored areas, a leaking pipe may be the cause.
Signs of an Underground Water Leak
A leak inside your home is bad enough. Now, imagine an underground water leak. You don’t have x-ray vision, and you can’t see underground – you must watch for external signs like these:
- Wet spots in your landscape or pools of standing water
- Noticeable drop in water pressure
- Dying/dead portions of the landscape that were once green and blooming
- Potholes or sinkholes
- Increase in water usage that goes unexplained
Let’s say you haven’t noticed any of the above signs – but do you hear odd gurgling noises or rumbling sounds from your drainage system? That can also be the sign of an underground water leak.
Signs of a Slab Leak
Finally, let’s take a look at slab leaks. The signs are similar to those of an underground water leak. You’ll want to schedule an inspection with an expert plumber to determine the exact issue. Signs of a slab leak can include:
- A sudden spike in monthly water usage and higher bills
- Unusual water pooling
- Damp carpet or warped flooring
- Mold or mildew
- Decreased water pressure
- A constantly-running hot water heater!
If you pay attention to these telltale signs in your home, you’ll be able to track water leaks with relative ease. Of course, to make life easier, we always recommend scheduling occasional plumbing maintenance and prompt plumbing repairs.