Water leaks are sneaky little problems but left unnoticed and the results can be monstrous. Mold, structural damage, and electrical risks are just a few problems you might encounter from water leaks. Not to mention if the leak is not attended to quickly the repair costs can be quite costly.
While higher than normal water bills, musty odors, and changes in water flow are obvious signs you may have a leak, it can still be hard to know how to track down a trouble spot since so much of the plumbing in your home is hidden.
Here are a few warning signs you can watch out for:
1. INCREASE IN YOUR WATER BILL or WATER METER CONTINUOUSLY TICKING
Have your water bills suddenly spiked? If so, you could have a leak somewhere in your home. To make sure compare your current water bills to those from the same month last year. If you do not see any visible signs of water damage but notice an increased water bill or see your water meter outside spinning, you could have a slab leak or other inconspicuous leak. An easy DIY way to confirm the presence of a leak is to shut off the water inside your house, notate the position of your water meter dial, and wait an hour or two. If the needle on your water meter dial has moved significantly after a few hours, then you have a leak and should call a plumber to help determine the source.
2. MOLD & MILDEW
Leaks often cause damp spots on floors, walls, and/or ceilings. These damp spots can give rise to mold and the musty odors that come with it, especially in this Florida climate. If you find that you have a musty smell around the home, regardless of how often you clean your home, you may have leaking pipes.
3. FOUNDATION CRACKS
As your home settles over time, cracks can start to develop in various places. If, however, you start to notice foundation cracks suddenly developing, you could have a leak. The water that continually seeps out of your pipes can weaken a home’s structural components, which can cause cracks in the foundation, walls, and other areas.
4. WET SPOTS
Visually inspect the area near sinks, tubs, and toilets. Do you see wet spots? Or is the floor around these plumbing features discolored? If so, take it as a warning sign that you could have a leaking pipe.