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How to Know When You Have a Plumbing Leak in Your House

Identifying Residential Plumbing Leaks

While nobody likes dealing with a water leak, if there is water leaking in your home, you want to know about it as soon as possible. Unseen water leaks can lead to wasted water, increased water bills, water damage and more severe plumbing issues.

Unfortunately, small leaks often go undetected until they lead to bigger problems. Having your pipes regularly inspected is a good way to ensure that they stay in good condition and to locate any unseen issues.

In addition, it’s important to know the signs of water leaks so you can address them as quickly as possible. Here are some tips from local professionals about signs of unseen plumbing leaks.

An Uncharacteristically High Water Bill

high water billIt can be shocking how much of an impact even a small plumbing system leak can have on your water bill. It might not seem like a small drip adds much, but when that drip continues round-the-clock, it wastes a lot of water.

Besides being bad for the environment, this wasted water can have a serious impact on your water bill. Obviously, these are both issues that you want to avoid, making it all the more important that you address water leaks - however small - as quickly as possible.

If you’re concerned about a potential water leak, looking at your water bill can be an easy first step to determining whether there is an issue.

Visible Mold Spots

While you can’t always see the source of a water leak, you often can see the damage that it causes. Mold spots are one such type of water damage. If you see visible wet spots on your walls or ceiling, it’s evidence of leaking water in your home.

mold spots

Unfortunately, it’s also the perfect host for mold and mildew, which creates health hazards and cleanup headaches. It is costly and time consuming to repair damage from mold and mildew. As a result, if you notice any wet spots in your home, you should address them immediately.

The Presence of a Musty Smell

musty smellStanding water in your home affects all of your senses, including the olfactory. If you notice unusual or musty smells developing anywhere in your home, it’s likely the result of a water leak.

While no one wants to have a musty smell throughout their home, it can be a helpful way to identify unseen leaks. The presence of a musty smell is a good indication of standing water and of an issue that should be addressed as quickly as possible.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to identify any unseen water leaks in your home. Timely repairing small water leaks can help to avoid serious water damage and more major plumbing issues.

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Cooper’s Plumbing & Air has been providing quality plumbing and HVAC services to the Bainbridge and Tallahassee areas since 1997. The team prides itself on being responsive, respectful and reliable, and on being the premier plumbing and HVAC provider in the region. Available with 24/7 services, their experienced team is always there to provide customers with high-quality services to meet all of their plumbing and HVAC needs.