Did you know that 10,000 gallons of water are wasted each from the average American household as a result of undiagnosed plumbing leaks? To ensure that your plumbing system is working efficiently and to help save on water, you will need to pay close attention to your plumbing and work closely with a professional plumbing contractor. Ideally, you need to know the signs of a plumbing leak, which can include the following three things.
Sign #1: Growth of Mold and/or Musty Odors
If you have a plumbing leak, especially one that is located behind the walls of your home, there is a good chance that you will have mold and mildew growing. Mold and mildew tend to grow in dark and damp environments. This could very easily lead to a musty odor, even if you are routinely cleaning your home. If you notice the growth of mold or a musty smell in the kitchen or bathroom, call a plumbing out to your home immediately for an inspection.
Sign #2: Spike in Your Water Bill
As a general rule, your water bill is pretty consistent from one month to the next. Your water use isn't irregular, so when you see a sudden spike in your water bill and your water usage has not changed, then you know that there is a problem somewhere. More than likely, you have a hidden leak. Hidden leaks generally cannot be located on your own, and you will need the help of a professional plumber.
Sign #3: Damaged Ceiling and Walls
Though your plumbing pipes are hidden behind your walls and the ceilings, there are often some signs that could point to a problem. So, make sure that you are regularly inspecting regularly used spaces like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. If you notice warped walls, bubbling paint, sagging, or stains, contact a plumber to come out to your home and perform an investigation.
If you notice any of the aforementioned signs in your home, it is time to contact a local plumbing professional immediately who will be able to come to your home and perform a thorough assessment of your home to detect the location of the plumbing leak, if there is one. The longer you wait, the bigger the leak could become—and the bigger the leak becomes, the more damage that could occur to your home and the costlier the repairs will be. Contact a company, like Arnold & Sons Plumbing, Sewer & Drain Services, for more help.