Signs You Have a Hidden Water Leak
A hidden water leak not only wastes gallons of usable water, but it can end up costing you a lot of money — especially if the leak is extensive. Broken seals, aging fixtures, and damaged pipes are just a few of the problems that can cause a hidden leak.
Paying attention to subtle signs, such as a sudden overgrowth of mold, can help you to identify a leak and get it repaired before serious damage occurs.
Wallpaper or Paint Damage
If the paint or wallpaper on your Seattle walls begins to peel off and blister, you may have a leak. Even in tropical climates, the natural moisture in the air should not be enough to cause blisters or peeling.
However, if water gets between a wall and paint or wallpaper, it will disrupt the adhesive bond — which causes the peeling.
Mold and Mildew Growth
Although it is possible for mold and mildew to grow in any area that has an accumulation of water, such as the corner of a sink, mold that is growing on a wall or ceiling is a definite indication of a hidden leak.
A leaky pipe in a wall can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive. Any overgrowth of mold or mildew should be thoroughly investigated.
If you notice a lingering musty, earthy, wet, or sour smell after cleaning your Seattle home, you may have a hidden leak. Water that is old and stagnant from a leaky pipe tends to have a strong unpleasant odor.
The smell can permeate a room even if the leak is hidden under the floor or behind a wall. Following the source of the smell can lead you to the location of the hidden leak.
Unusually High Water Bill
If the leak is well hidden, a higher water bill may be the only indicator that you have a problem. Compare your past bills to the current bill to check for any obvious differences. If you are not using more water than usual and your water company has not increased the rates, there is a good chance that you have a hidden leak.
Stained or Damaged Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
Wall, floors and ceiling that are exposed to water over an extended period of time may sag, crack, bubble, and show signs of discoloration. This can lead to a dangerous situation because it is possible for part of a ceiling or floor to collapse under the weight of a large amount of water.
Call a plumber as soon as possible to repair the leak and prevent further damage.
Don’t be submerged by the water in your Seattle, WA home. Call Gene Johnson Plumbing & Heating at 206.792.7495 today, and get that water leak fixed now!