Common Signs Of Hidden Leaks In Your Home's Pipes

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In most homes, the majority of the plumbing is hidden behind walls, so homeowners may not realize that there are problems right away. It is not uncommon for pipes to fail and begin to slowly leak water. Knowing the signs of a hidden leak will alert you to issues so you can contact a plumber to make repairs. Some of the signs that you have a pipe leaking behind your walls include:

Unusually High Water Bill

Your monthly water bill can provide clues that you have a pipe leaking in your home. Most people tend to use the same amount of water each month, so homeowners usually have an idea of how much their water bill will be. If you have one or more months where your water bill is significantly higher than normal, it is a good idea to call a plumber to inspect the plumbing in your home.

Growth of Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew thrive in moist, dark places. When a pipe begins leaking, it often doesn't take long for mold and mildew to start growing. Carefully inspect the walls in your home for any signs of mold or mildew growth, as the presence of mold and mildew usually means that water is leaking somewhere. Don't try to just clean the mold or mildew to remove it-- you will need to hire a plumber to get to the root of the problem so the pipe can be repaired and the mold or mildew doesn't come back. 

Stains or Damage to Walls and Ceilings

Water from a leaking pipe behind a wall will eventually cause damage to the surrounding wall or ceiling as the water accumulates. You may notice stains on the wall or ceiling, and the paint may begin to bubble and peel. If you notice that a ceiling is sagging or a wall is bulging, you need to call a plumber promptly in order to prevent major water damage inside your home.

Strong Musty Smell

When water sits for an extended period of time and can't evaporate quickly, a strong musty smell can develop. The longer you have a pipe leaking, the stronger the smell will come. If you have thoroughly cleaned your home but there are areas that still smell musty, it may be due to a leaking pipe behind the wall. Make a note of where the musty smell is strongest, and contact a plumber to do an inspection.

To learn more, contact a company like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc.

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