Leaks can be sneaky; that's because they can be lurking without you even knowing. They can start in floors, ceilings, and even walls. This means that they can do a lot of damage before you even catch on to the fact that something is wrong. If you suspect that you have a leak, here are the top signs that you do.
Your Water Bill Skyrockets
Maybe you have noticed that your water bill has spiked quite a bit. However, depending on the season you may be wondering if it is just due to more people being home. To confirm your suspicions you may want to check out your old water bills from the same time last year and make a comparison.
Mold and Mildew
Leaks will sometimes leave telltale signs behind. You may notice damp spots on your floors, walls, or ceiling. These damp spots will often cause mold and mildew to start forming. This will give rise to a musty odor. If you find that you have a musty odor that you just cannot get rid of then you may have a leak somewhere.
The Ticking Water Meter
If your water meter keeps ticking when there is no water running inside or outside the house then you may have a leak. Go inside and start looking for wet spots near your sinks, tubs, and around your toilet because something is definitely not right.
Cracks Are Showing Up
As a home ages, things are bound to become less than perfect. You will notice that small cracks may start developing in a lot of places. If you notice that the foundation of your home which might have been perfectly fine a few weeks ago starts to develop big cracks, it means you could have a leak on your hands. The size of the cracks is usually indicative of how big the leak is. Foundation leaks are dangerous and will devalue your home quickly. Before you know it cracks may not only be in the foundation but in the walls of your home as well.
Leaks can be troublesome, to say the least, especially when they are hard to find. A leak that you can readily see is rarely cause for concern. You know what to fix and you can do it yourself if you have the skills or call in a professional. The real problems are those hidden leaks that may stay hidden for a while. Paying attention to the changes detailed here will help you identify a leak quickly.
For more information, contact a plumbing service in your area.