A leak that you can see is a big enough problem, but a hidden leak could cause tremendous damage to your home. Water damage can rot wooden floors and cause mold that can make your family sick. Here are some signs that it might be time to call in a leak detection professional.
Overly High Water Bills
A tell-tale sign that you may have a hidden leak is water bills that are considerably higher than normal. If your water bill suddenly goes up one month and there isn’t a logical reason, such as a rate increase or the start of lawn watering season, there’s a good chance you may have a hidden leak.
If you can’t readily identify the problem, such as a toilet that runs all the time, it’s probably time to call in a plumber to locate and fix the problem.
Water Spots or Stains
If you notice water spots or stains on walls, floors or ceilings, it could be a strong sign of a hidden leak. Such spots are often caused by pipes leaking behind walls. If you see such evidence in your home, you should call a leak detection professional right away. Even if the spots are not caused by a leaking pipe, they could be caused by something just as bad, such as a leaky roof. Whatever the problem is, it’s best to get it diagnosed and fixed as quickly as possible.
Mold or Mildew in Unexpected Places
You might expect to find mold or mildew in and around your shower, but you wouldn’t expect to find it on your living room wall or on any surface that doesn’t regularly come into contact with water.
If you find mold or mildew, especially on an interior wall in a room that doesn’t have a visible source of water, it’s definitely something to have checked out by a leak detection professional. The mold could be caused by a leaking pipe or any other number of sources, including a leaking roof or groundwater that is coming into the home through the foundation.
A Musty Smell
Water that sits for awhile tends to put off a musty smell. If a room such as a bathroom, kitchen or basement smells musty even after a thorough cleaning, it could be a sign of unwanted water. If you eliminate likely causes, it’s probably time to call in a plumber.
Don’t delay. Give Indiana Leak Detection a call at (317) 449-2780 to save money and lower the carbon footprint of your Indianapolis home!