You know the sound—that slow but steady dripping sound right after you’ve gone to bed and the house is quiet. Maybe you can turn over and block out the sound with your pillow until you fall asleep—this time. But what about tomorrow? And the next day?
First off, even if a small drip or leak like this isn’t driving you nuts just from listening to it, it is having an impact on your water use and subsequent bills. You can actually lose gallons of water each year due to small leaks in your plumbing system, even a dripping faucet.
Because so much of your plumbing system is hidden from sight, and since leaks can develop anywhere, not just your faucets, it’s essential that you learn how to spot the signs you have a leak, which we’ve covered below. And once you do spot them, the next best step is to call our plumbing pros so we can accurately locate and repair the leak, restoring full functionality to your plumbing system.
Sign #1: High Water Bills
Spotting water leaks as soon as possible is important, but not always easy. Sometimes the best place to look is at your water bills. In many cases, a leak can be around for quite some time before you actually discover it. But this doesn’t mean it’s not causing problems in the meantime.
Even if something drastic hasn’t happened—like a ceiling caving in under the weight of leaking water, the dampness created by even a minor leak can lead to problems like biological pollutants and mold development.
If you suspect that a leak may be to blame for your high water bills, or that your bills don’t actually match up with your water usage, it’s a good idea to give us a call. We can perform professional leak detection to determine exactly what is going on, and where.
Sign #2: The Sound of Running Water
Running water always makes a sound. If you hear a dripping sound or water running through your plumbing system but you don’t have any faucets or taps on, the toilet isn’t filling its tank, and no plumbing appliances are running, you might be hearing water escaping from somewhere it shouldn’t.
Pinpointing the source of this leak before it’s identifiable by the damage its done is in your best interests. So if your ears tip you off to something amiss, be sure to give us a call.
Sign #3: Strange or Foul Odors
Do you detect a musty odor in your home? If so, it might be due to damp conditions that you aren’t able to see. Remember, a major concern with water leaks is the potential for biological pollutants to thrive, not just the physical damage that can occur from water exposure.
If you smell mold or mildew inside your home, it could definitely be from moisture from a leak. Another smell to be aware of is sewage—if you detect this odor coming from any of your drains, or your yard, it could be the sign of a sewer line leak.