Some plumbing problems are obvious – the shower drains slowly, the garbage disposal stopped working or the toilet is clogged. However, the signs of a plumbing leak aren’t always obvious. If not spotted right away, it can cost you a lot of money, especially if it causes damage to the flooring, walls and paint.
Here’s how you can catch leaks early and prevent damage to your home.
High monthly water bill
If your water bill escalates over a period of weeks or months, especially if you can’t recall any change in your water usage, chances are you have a hidden leak.
Mold and mildew
It’s quite common to have molds and mildews in shower corners, where moisture builds up. However, if you notice mold growth in areas where mold doesn’t typically occur, pay attention. Where there is mold growth, there is moisture. This could be an indication that you have a plumbing leak.
Old, accumulated water from leaky pipes tend to smell. If you notice an earthy or musty odor even after thoroughly cleaning the bathroom, it may be due to a leak somewhere in your house.
Stained or sagging ceiling
If you have a bathroom on the second floor, check the ceiling in the room beneath it. If it is sagging or there are any stains, this is very likely a water leak. Keep in mind, though, that water can travel a long distance. So, you can also see it in other parts of the house.
If your bathroom floor is cracking, buckling, beginning to stain or the tiles are loose; this is most likely due to a hidden water issue. A bathroom floor rarely suffers from water damage unless there is a leak.
A leak can only get worse over time. So if you notice any of the signs listed above, be sure to call the experts at Paradigm Plumbing Services immediately.