How can I tell if the pipes behind a wall are leaking?

There are pipes hidden behind the scenes just about everywhere in your home, between walls, above the ceiling, in the concrete foundation, and under the ground. As these water pipes age, they become corroded and susceptible to environmental conditions. Eventually, they spring a leak. 

Unfortunately, when this happens, it isn’t always evident, resulting in costly damages. Look for these telltale signs you have a hidden water leak. 

Musty Odors 

How can I tell if the pipes behind a wall are leaking? - Water Leak Detection Blog - Orlando, Florida | Leak Doctor - 1(24)When excess moisture or water gets absorbed by wood, sheet rock, or drywall, it releases a musty smell. Not only that, in our hot and humid environment, it just takes hours for mold to start to grow. 

Visible Stains

Visible stains often appear when building materials absorbs water. If these noticeable stains persist, chances are you have a leak. 

Peeling Paint or Wallpaper

When sheet rock absorbs water, it penetrates to the other side, causing bubbling or peeling paint or wallpaper. Check for flaky paint or wallpaper separating at the seams. 

Walls Warping 

Another indication of a water leak is warped walls. When drywall gets wet it curves and bends. Over time it can lead to costly structural damage. 

Buckled or Stained Floors

Water leaking from a pipe under a concrete slab has to go somewhere. It can damage floors, causing them to buckle or stain. Another indication is warm areas on the floor and the sound of running water when faucets and water using appliances are turned off. 

What to do if you suspect a water leak and can’t locate the source?

Even a small water leak has he potential to be a serious issue and needs immediate attention. 

The Leak Doctor offers advanced technology, including frequency sensitive computers, specialized listening equipment, ground probes and other state-of-the-art electronic devices to find water leaks. We have cost-effective ways to find the source of your leak and quickly fix it.

Contact the Leak Doctor today, before your small water leaks become big problems. It's definitely worth the investment. 

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