If you have a home or business, a water leak is inevitable. Some leaks are obvious, but since most pipes are located behind the scenes, that’s where most leaks happen.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates over 1 trillion gallons of water each year is wasted through household leaks. It just takes a leak the thickness of a dime, 1/32 of an inch in diameter to waste over 6,300 gallons of water in just a month.
The longer a leak is allowed to continue, the more it will cost it repairs. How do you know if you have a hidden water leak? Look for these signs:
Abnormally high water bills
If your water bills are abnormally over a period yet you have not changed your water usage, this could a glaring sign of a leaking pipe in the home. When this happens, consider hiring a plumber to try and find out the location of the hidden leak.
Reduced water pressure
When there is an apparent reduction in the pressure and volume of water reaching your house, you may want to check the piping. A leak will divert some of the water meant to serve you. The reduction in volume and pressure will, of course, depend on the size and number of leaks.
Stained or damaged ceilings and walls
When the piping system inside your house develops leaks, the water will flow through the walls and ceilings. Depending on the amount of water and the duration it has been leaking, this may result in serious damages. While it is true that high humidity levels can also bring about these problems, when you combine this with other signs, you will know whether there is a leaking pipe.
Mold and mildew on non-shower walls
Mold and mildew are known to thrive in moist, dark places. A leaking pipe will create such perfect conditions for this. Therefore, whenever you see mold or mildew on non-shower walls, this is a clear sign of a leaking pipe.
Water that accumulates gives off a musty smell. Be sure to look out for this sign as well.
If you have noticed any of these signs, you probably have a hidden water leak. Instead causing any damage to your property when looking for the elusive leak, contact the Leak Doctor.
Our top of the line acoustic equipment can pinpoint a leak without any destruction to your property. Out licensed plumbers can also help repair the leak, saving you money.