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How to Determine if Your Pipes Are Leaking

Posted on December 13th, 2017

Plumbing leaks are relatively common, and they can result in expensive water waste as well as substantial property damage. In order to minimize these possibilities, a leak should be detected and repaired as soon as possible. However, some leaks are easier for homeowners to identify than others. If you notice any of these signs of a possible water leak in your home, it is important to contact Plumbing & A/C Medic today for an accurate diagnosis and quick repair of the problem.

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1. The Sound of Dripping Water
When your house is quiet, you may be more observant of unusual sounds in the home. This may be when you are quietly reading a book or magazine, when you are preparing to go to bed at night or at other typically quiet times. If you hear the sound of dripping water and cannot identify a drip in any of your faucets, the drip may be coming from a pipe inside your walls.

2. Unexplained Moisture
In some cases, you may not hear any sounds of dripping water, but you may notice unexplained signs of moisture. For example, you may see a wet or sagging spot on the wall or ceiling. If you have a leaking pipe in your concrete slab foundation, you may notice a wet spot on your floor that seems to develop for no reason and that keeps coming back regardless of how many times you try to dry the spot.

3. Higher Than Normal Water Bills
Another sign of a hidden water leak is higher than normal water bills. A leak will allow extra water to spill out of the pipes non-stop until the leak is fixed. This extra water consumption will add on a considerable amount of money to your water bill. In some cases, you may see your water bill more than double for no explainable reason.

4. A Moist, Musty Smell
With a very slow leak, you may not notice any of these signs. The water may very slowly seep out of the pipe, and mold growth can develop over time. As this moldy area grows in size, you may begin to notice the smell of musty mildew or mold.

In some cases, homeowners will notice multiple signs, but others may only notice one. Call Plumbing & A/C Medic today for an accurate diagnosis of a potential leak and to schedule immediate repair service.

 

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