Did you know a leaky pipe can significantly increase your water bills? Watch out for the following signs and call a local water restoration company to fix a leaky pipe in your home!
Leaky pipes can possibly flood your home if they are not discovered and fixed on time. Repairing such damages can both be time-consuming and costly.
However, a leaky pipe can go unnoticed if it’s in an area that’s difficult to spot, such as beneath the floor. Here are some signs to detect a leaky pipe and prevent the damage from turning into a disaster.
Unexplained Increase in Water Bills
If you fill up your pool during the summer or let your kids play in the sprinkler every day, you can expect to see a high water bill. However, an unexplained increase in your water bill can indicate a leaky pipe.
So, make sure you keep a track of your water bill every month. Your water provider may provide you with a monthly comparison that you can use to promptly identify and address any leak.
Bathroom floors don’t really undergo water damage unless there’s a leak. If you notice that your bathroom floor is cracking, staining, or buckling, it’s probably due to a leaky pipe.
Moreover, wet spots, loose tiles, and soft or spongy flooring can also indicate that there’s some water damage. Whether the water has entered there from another room or came from a pipe beneath your floor, you need to ensure that you repair things as soon as possible.
Wallpaper or Paint Discoloration
When moisture seeps inside your walls, the paint will start to get damaged. You may notice blistering, discoloration, peeling, or even warping and cracks.
Since materials like wood and drywall are quick to absorb moisture, water can break down their fibers and make them feel soft and spongy. If you see a chalky texture, changes in wall paint, or signs of peeling, it’s most likely due to a leaky pipe.
Low Water Pressure
If you’re experiencing low water pressure but your water company is assuring you that they’re supplying water, it means that there’s a problem in the water main or the pipes in your home. This is because the water is escaping from the system through a leak before reaching the fixture.
Mildew or Mold Growth
Excess moisture from a leaky pipe can create conditions that are conducive to mildew or mold growth. For mold to start growing, a place only needs to be damp or wet for 24 to 48 hours. Even though cleaning the mildew or mold is essential, it doesn’t get rid of the problem. Thus, to effectively do away with mold, you have to repair the leaky pipe and eliminate the source of moisture.
Last Few Words
While leaky pipes in your home may seem like an easy fix, they aren’t repairs that you’ll want to handle alone!
The Service Team of Professionals (STOP) provides excellent water damage restoration services.