A hidden water leak can cause serious structural damage to your home, and can also cause your monthly water bills to skyrocket. To identify a hidden water leak, it is helpful to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this common plumbing issue. If you suspect that your home’s plumbing is suffering from a hidden leak, here are some of the signs to watch out for.
Mildew and Mold
Mildew and mold tend to grow in areas that are continuously damp or moist. A hidden water leak behind your wall, ceiling, or floor can create the perfect conditions for mildew and mold to form. When you notice mold and mildew appearing in unusual locations throughout your home, this is an indication that you have a hidden leak nearby.
To diagnose a hidden water leak, look at the condition of your paint or wallpaper. Ideally, the surfaces of your walls should be flat and smooth. If you notice that your paint has unusual ripples or that your wallpaper is peeling away, chances are that there is a hidden water leak somewhere underneath the damage.
In addition to inspecting the condition of your wallpaper and paint, you should also inspect the surface of your walls for damage. When exposed to excessive moisture, you walls may begin to warp or become stained.
Check your floors for signs of water damage. If you notice that the floors in your bathroom or kitchen are cracked, stained, or warped, this could indicate that you are suffering from a leak. If you have a tile floor, inspect the tiles to see if they are loose.
At the first sign of a hidden water leak in your home, call Expert Plumbing Service at (708) 231-4792. We serve the Joliet and New Lenox areas with a broad range of highly rated plumbing services. Our master plumbers look forward to expertly serving you.