For whatever it’s worth, hidden water leaks don’t stay hidden forever. Sooner or later, they’ll signal their presence, but usually well after they’ve inflicted some degree of harm.
That’s right: the longer a hidden water leak goes undetected, the worse the potential ramifications. Conversely, the sooner you notice and report signs of a water leak, the better off you’ll be.
Here are the most telltale signs of residential hidden water leaks:
- An unusually high water bill
- Water meter readings that change even when no water is being consumed
- Chronic sewer backups
- A toilet that won’t stop running
- The sound of running water when no water is being used
- Spongy, soft, or discolored walls
- Musty odors from floors, walls near drains, or sewers
- Warm areas on concrete floors
- Mildew or excessive moisture under carpets
- Unusually wet or moist areas in your yard when the rest of the yard is dry
Where do hidden water leaks most often occur? Let’s have a look:
- Toilet – A silent leak can start once the rubber parts become worn.
- Under sinks or inside cabinets – While you probably look under your kitchen sink routinely, do you frequently open other cabinet doors that conceal a water line?
- Behind your refrigerator – Water can start leaking when something goes wrong with the water line connection.
- Bath or shower – When faucet handles no longer shut completely, a slow drip will likely follow.
- Water heater – Inspect your storage tank water heater occasionally to see if water has formed around its base. If so, the inside of the tank has probably corroded beyond repair.
- Washing machine hoses – Likewise, a small leak in a washing machine hose can quickly become a major catastrophe should it break. If the hose looks worn, it’s a good idea to install a stainless-steel replacement.
If you spot signs of a water leak, don’t wait – contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air. We’re all the plumber you’ll ever need.