Leaks aren’t always what they appear to be like on the movies and in the cartoon newspapers. Rather than gushing out of the wall, they can often be difficult to locate. In most cases, it’s not until your home experiences significant and expensive water damage until you’re even aware of a leaky pipe.
Be aware and knowledgeable of the many telltale signs of a leak before it causes too much damage to your home.
Increase in water bill
Keep a spreadsheet or written record of your monthly water bill. Your water bill should be about the same all year round with an exception to summer when you have more people at home and your sprinklers are running. If you see a significant jump in your water bill, chances are you have a leak.
Mold and Mildew
Does your home seem to have a musty odor even after you’ve just cleaned? If this is the case you could potentially have a leak in your home. Mold and mildew are formed in damp wet locations – inspect areas below the floor and above the ceiling for mold or mildew, this will lead you to a leak in your pipe if you have one.
One of the most common locations for a leak is near toilets and under kitchen and bathroom sinks. If you notice any wet spots under the sink or behind the toilet, this could be a sign that there is a pipe leak. Discoloration on the floor or under the cupboard are also signs of a pipe leak.
Cracks in foundation
Over time, the foundation of your house will begin to crack – it’s natural. When there is a pipe leak, especially one that lets out a significant yet undetectable amount of water, it will soften the soil under the foundation causing the foundation of your home to crack more quickly.