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Plumbing Leaks And The Importance Of Detecting Them

by April Carlson

Plumbing leaks can happen for any number of reasons, from frozen pipes to clogs to rotting pipes. Just because you can't physically see the leak, there may be less obvious signs that you may have a leak. It's important for you to detect the leak if you happen to notice any signs. See below for some of these signs and why it's important to catch the leak as soon as possible and make any necessary repairs.

Signs You Can May Have A Leak

Plumbing leaks are very common in the kitchen, laundry, bathroom, basement, crawl space or foundation areas. Be sure to keep an eye on these areas in particular to help detect a leak.

  • Higher than normal water bills
  • Problems with mold/mildew forming in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry areas
  • Bubbles forming in wallpaper or on paint
  • Sagging, stained, or warped walls and ceilings, or even cracked and sagging flooring
  • Musty smells or earthy smells that do not go away
  • Patches of mud or dampness in your yard even if it hasn't rained in awhile

Reasons For Detecting These Leaks

  1. Health Issues. Mold and mildew can grow quickly on any number of surfaces throughout your home, especially if it has a nice warm, moist area in which to grow. Mold can cause a number of medical issues including: irritating asthma or breathing issues, headaches and dizziness. Mold and mildew can be quite hazardous for the elderly and for the very young. A leaky pipe can also spread germs and bacteria throughout your home, or even into the water supply.
  2. Structural Damage. Water leaks can cause structural damage to your home's interior and exterior. Damage to your walls, floors and foundation, which can lead to expensive renovations and repairs to not just your pipes, but other areas of your home as well. If the damage is too great, it may lead to you needing to leave your home while the renovations take place.
  3. Other Damage. Other damage can occur as a result of a leaky pipe such as damage to your belongings, including possessions that may be irreplaceable. 

Detecting plumbing leaks is very important, not just to save your home from damage, but to prevent health issues that can be caused from mold and mildew growth. If you notice any of the water leak signs above, be sure to contact a professional plumber for help pinpointing exactly where the leak is coming from and to make the necessary repairs for you.