It's important to look out for plumbing issues that could potentially cause damage to your home and raise utility costs. Unfortunately, it's easy for homeowners to overlook water leak issues that detract from their home's efficiency and unnecessarily increase water bills.
The following are six signs to look out for that indicate that there is a water leak in your plumbing fixtures or pipes. It's important to get a water leak repaired as soon as possible when you notice any of these signs:
1. You are noticing mold and mildew growth in your home.
If water leaks into cabinets or onto carpets in your home, mold and mildew will eventually start to develop over time. Mold and mildew growth occurs when moisture soaks into portions of your home that are heated enough to promote biological growth.
Mold and mildew growth become apparent over time through both the discoloring of materials and the odor that they cause.
2. You are noticing dripping in your faucets.
One of the most obvious signs of leak issues in a home's plumbing system is dripping faucets. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest leak issues to remedy. Often, leaky faucets can quickly be fixed by simply tightening hardware in a faucet or sink.
If tightening screws and other faucet or sink components is not enough to remedy a leak, it may be necessary to replace a faucet or sink to solve the problem.
3. Your water bill is increasing without any obvious reason why.
One of the most important things you need to do if you're concerned about water leaks in your plumbing system is paying attention to your water bill.
If your water bill is increasing and you're not using more water, you need to inspect your plumbing fixtures. Unexplained increases in your bill indicate that water is leaking somewhere in your home.
4. Cracks are developing in your home's foundation.
Cracks in a home's foundation are one of the most costly and consequential symptoms of a water leak in a home. Foundation cracks can form when water is constantly soaking into foundation concrete over time due to long-lasting leaks.
5. There are wet spots in your ceilings, walls, and floors.
It's not always easy to detect plumbing fixture and pipe leaks that develop within walls and underneath floors.
One indication of interior leaks is wet spots that develop on the ceilings of lower floors and in walls and floors of a home. It's important to investigate wet spots anywhere in a home to determine where they originate and to figure out how to repair them.
6. Water pressure has noticeably gone down in your plumbing fixtures.
The available water pressure in a home is limited. Any leak in a home's plumbing system will decrease water pressure. If you notice that your faucets and shower heads aren't forcing out water with as much pressure as they used to, you may have a leak in your system.
Contact a company like Calhoun Plumbing for more information and assistance.