Every year, billions of gallons of water and millions of dollars are wasted as a result of plumbing leaks . Many of these leaks go undetected for several weeks or months because they are minor or are in hard-to-see places, but they are wasteful and potentially damaging all the same. In order to prevent a hidden plumbing leak from stealing your money and wasting precious resources, familiarize yourself with the following warning signs.
Ceiling stains bode well in neither one- nor two-story homes. In one-story homes, ceiling stains are a sign of a leaky roof. In two-story homes, they are a sign of a leaking pipe or plumbing fixture upstairs. If you discover moist-looking stains on your ceiling, call a plumber to detect and repair any plumbing leaks you may have.
Damaged Walls or Flooring
Similarly, warped and stained walls are often indicative of plumbing leaks. Cracked and buckled flooring material is another warning sign, as is a damaged section of wall that is soft to the touch.
Mold or Mildew
Household mold growth is spurred by many causes, nearly all of which are linked to an excess of moisture in the home. If you detect mold or mildew in your home, chances are high that you have a plumbing leak. Even if you do not, the presence of mold necessitates a visit from a plumber or mold remediation specialist.
Mold and mildew are not always easy to detect, but musty smells almost always are. If you notice an earthy, musty, or mildew smell that seems to linger in part of your home no matter what, then you may have a plumbing leak.
Detecting a hidden plumbing leak is something you may be able to do yourself, but repairing the leak and assessing any dangers that the leak poses is a job for a plumbing professional . If you live in Arlington or elsewhere in Northern Virginia and you suspect there is a hidden plumbing leak in your home, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. With more than 40 years of experience serving the Arlington area. From minor plumbing leaks to massive pipe bursts, no plumbing problem is too small or too large for us to handle.