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Common Plumbing Leak Signs

Plumbing leaks are no joking matter; they can cause some serious damage to homes! Just imagine having a leaking or burst pipe. Water can start dripping down the walls and oozing its way behind cabinets and countertops, which is always expensive to fix or replace.

Plumbing leaks can end up wasting a lot of water, too. A leaky faucet that drips once every second ends up wasting 5 gallons of water a day and over 2,000 gallons of water a year! However, plumbing leaks can be avoided by paying attention to these three common signs.

Watch Out For High Water Bills

high water billCalculate and compare water bills month over month. If there is a plumbing leak, the wasted water will lead to a higher cost. This is easy to keep track of in a spreadsheet on the computer or even just with a pen and paper.

There may be slight variations from month to month, perhaps from being gone on a vacation or using more water because a guest was staying at the house for several days.

However, if there isn’t a logical reason such as these to explain the high water bill, there may a plumbing leak.

Check For Mold Spots

Mold spots are visible wet-spots that can grow on walls, floors, and baseboards, and aren’t just displeasing because of their off-color, but also because of the impact they can have on your home and health. These spots host mold and mildew and are caused by water leaks. Even if there is just a small leak, different types of mold can start to develop and grow at a rapid rate, as little as 24-48 hours.

mold spots

Mold, especially large quantities of mold, can cause serious hazards to a person’s health. It can cause eye irritation, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, nausea, fatigue, headaches, and more, and it is especially serious for people with allergies or asthma. Therefore, if a mold spot is found, it’s critical to take care of it right away.

Pay Attention to Any Musty Smells

musty smellWhen there is standing moisture in a room, all of the senses are affected, including the sense of smell. Many people often start to notice a musty smell after a heavy rainfall or storm as water might have flooded into a room.

However, it is also a sign of plumbing leaks and mold. Like the mold spots mentioned above, if a musty smell starts to occur, it’s important to clean up any excess water and fix the leak right away before it causes damage to the home or to people’s health.

One final tip from the pros: always shut off the water when leaving home for an extended period of time. That way, if a plumbing leak or pipe burst occurs, there won’t be nearly as much damage.

About Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC

Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC is a New Mexico owned and operated business. Always offering supreme dedication to their customers, they ensure that all services are performed effectively, eliminating the need for return visits. All of their technicians are highly trained and offer specialized repairs, affordable installations, preventative maintenance, and 24/7 emergency services.