One of the most costly types of plumbing issues to deal with is a hidden leak. Many homeowners have small leaks in their pipes and are not aware of them because the pipes are buried deep in their walls, foundation or ground soil outside the home. These leaks may go unnoticed for months or even years in some cases, and they can result in the incredible expense of wasted water. A plumber can help you to accurately diagnosis the presence of a hidden water leak. However, before you call a plumbing company for assistance, you may consider observing your home for some of these tell-tale signs of a leak.
Moist or Lush Areas in Your Yard
Leaks in the ground soil in your yard can be particularly difficult to identify, and they often require the homeowner to be observant with the condition of the yard in comparison to how much water the ground has received. For example, if it has not rained in several days and if you have not watered the lawn, you can look at your yard carefully to determine if any areas are moist. Some areas, such as under trees, may still be somewhat moist, but an area that receives direct sunlight and that is still moist may be an area of concern.
Unexpectedly High Water Bills
If a slow leak has recently developed on your property, you may notice a gradual increase in your water bills over the following months without just case. Because water bills can fluctuate on a monthly basis, however, this can be difficult to identify. In addition, if your leak has existed for several months or longer, you may have already grown accustomed to paying more than necessary in your water bills. Another idea is to compare this year’s usage to last year’s usage. A dramatic increase without cause may indicate the presence of a water leak in your home.
Unexplained Moisture in the Home
Some homeowners may notice unexplained moisture in their home. For example, if you have a leak in a pipe in your foundation, you may notice that an area on the kitchen floor keeps developing a puddle. You may have even thought that it was strange that someone keeps spilling liquid in the same spot each day. You may also notice a wet spot on the wall or ceiling. Because this may be from a slow leak, the area may simply remain damp without actually dripping or puddling.
Plumbing leaks that go undetected can cause expensive wasted water, but they also can cause property damage, unnecessary erosion and even mold growth.
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