As a homeowner, you probably know leaky pipes need to be repaired promptly. When a pipe continues to leak, it can cause extensive damage to your home. Yet, a leaky pipe can go unnoticed if it’s in an inaccessible place such as behind a wall or under the floor. You can catch a leaky pipe earlier if you learn the signs of a hidden plumbing leak.
Low Water Pressure
You expected the normal rush of water when you turned on your faucet or shower. Water trickled out instead. It’s possible water is leaving the system through a leak before the water reaches the fixture.
Damaged Walls or Ceilings
Moisture from a leak can cause stains to appear on your ceiling or walls. Bubbling, cracked, or peeling paint may indicate water is leaking on the other side of your wall. A warped wall or sagging ceiling also indicate a problem.
A Big Water Bill Increase
You can’t figure out why your water bill has gone way up. You haven’t added anyone to your household. It’s not the season to start watering the lawn. Since your household’s water habits haven’t changed, a leak could be the culprit.
Mold or Mildew
Excessive moisture from a leaky pipe creates the right conditions for mold or mildew to thrive. For mold to get established, a surface only needs to be wet for 24 to 48 hours. Cleaning the mold or mildew doesn’t solve the problem. To get rid of mold, you have to fix the leak to eliminate the source of moisture.
An Unexplained Odor
A musty odor sometimes indicates there’s mold or mildew growth where you can’t see it. Another possibility is you’re smelling stale water that’s accumulating unseen.