Plumbing can be one of the trickiest jobs when it comes to home repair and maintenance because you may not have to. Homeowners often only become aware of the deteriorating condition of their plumbing system when it’s too late. Hidden water leaks can not only damage the leaky pipes but also seriously damage the condition of your house in the long run. Internal leakage is the most common plumbing issue found in most homes and should be fixed at the earliest. While some of the water leaks may be noticeable like loose water heater piping or dripping faucets, internal leakage is harder to spot as it often occurs behind walls, inside appliances, and, in the foundation of your home- beneath floors.
It is estimated that one trillion gallons of water is wasted every year due to leaky pipes. The same research also states that 10% of homeowners make up the bulk of this water waste by wasting up to 90 gallons of water per day due to hidden water leaks. Internal leakage goes unnoticed by most people which if unaddressed over the long term is not not only wasting a lot of water but also causing serious damage to the foundation of their homes and wasting their money. Here are some warning signs that you should look out for to spot hidden water leaks inside your home so that you can fix the problem before it causes some significant damage.
1) Visible Mildew and Mold
Mildew and mold growth is caused by moisture. If there is mold growing on your walls, floors, ceilings, baseboards, the cause would be due to high moisture – which is caused by leaky pipes.
2) Musty Smell in the Rooms
It’s not normal for rooms to smell musty even if there is excessive water use in the house. You can smell the musty odor in the rooms. Water sitting in one place below leaky pipes begins to stagnate and gives a terrible odor.
3) A Running Meter and a High Water Bill
If the water meter is running even after shutting down all the water off in the house then it’s probably because of hidden water leaks. An internal leakage issue should also be considered if your water bill is much more than normal.
4) Wet or Damp Spots
Does your wall or flooring have dark, wet patches? This could be a clear sign of an internal pipe leak in your home.
5) Foundation Cracks
Over time, an untreated leak can lead to foundation problems such as cracks in your wall.
Capital Plumbing offers effective plumbing solutions that help solve your pipe leakage problems. If you notice any of the signs above it should be checked as soon as possible to avoid any structural damage to your home in the long run.