It is easy to know that you need to call a plumber when you can see a water pipe leaking or you notice a steady drip coming from a faucet. But when the leak is hidden somewhere inside the floors, walls, or even under your home, it can be difficult to know there is an issue. And sadly, it is these hidden leaks that can cause a great deal of very costly damage to your home. Every homeowner should know the signs of a hidden leak for their own safety and peace of mind.
A Huge Water Bill
Home homeowners know roughly how much their water bill should be each month. It can vary a few dollars due to warmer weather or a new activity, but anything more than that should raise a red flag. And if you have not noticed any other signs of a water leak in your home, then your concern should e even greater. This typically means that you have a leak under the slab of your home. You won’t see or hear the water until it has washed out all of the soil that is supporting the foundation of your home. When you get an unusually large water bill, call (214) 388-4525 and request an emergency leak detection appointment. A Metroplex Leak & Line licensed plumber will arrive quickly and begin the process of locating the leak.
Visual Signs Inside Your Home
When there is even a small leak hidden in the walls or floors of your home, there are a few things that you will begin to notice. One of the first signs is discoloration on your walls or ceilings. This can appear first as just some bubbling or peeling of the paint or wallpaper. Next, the area could appear soft; once the drywall becomes soaked. Over time, the area can begin to look more yellow or brown in color, and the size of the discoloration can increase.
If you live in an older home with plaster walls, the leak might appear as a small crack that feels slightly moist to the touch. The plaster will be soft more than its normal brittle texture. The crack can become discolored or begin to disintegrate as the moisture increases. If you notice any of these visual indications in your home, call the pros at Metroplex Leak & Line to schedule a leak detection appointment. When a small leak is left unrepaired, the potential for damage and other hazards will only increase.
You Notice A Musty Odor
In cooler climates, a water leak is often located after the homeowner notices that there is a musty or odd odor in the home. Even before you can actually smell the odor, someone with allergies might begin to notice that something is wrong. Continuous moisture from even a small leak will promote the growth of mold and mildew, which causes the musty smell and allergens.
If the leak is not located and repaired quickly, the area can become contaminated with toxic black mold. This mold is known to cause sneezing, a sore throat, headaches, watery eyes, fatigue, and other issues. This is a severe contaminant and should be removed, and the area cleaned and treated by a trained professional to ensure that the area is completely mold-free to ensure your safety. As soon as you suspect a hidden leak, call (214) 388-4525 to avoid the potential for hazardous black mold growth in your home.
Act Quickly To Avoid Potential Danger
Other than the health issues related to toxic black mold and other fungi that can grow due to a water leak, you should also be concerned about the structural integrity of your home. Over a long period of time, a leak can weaken both the roof and foundation of your home. If this is a concern after you have discovered a leak, contact a contractor or structural engineer to inspect your residence for any severe damage that could make the structure unsafe for you and your family.
Every homeowner must know the signs of a leak that is concealed in their home. It is also essential that you contact (214) 388-4525 and speak to a leak detection specialist as soon as you suspect that there is a leak in your home. Fast action can significantly reduce the potential for serious damage to your home and the extensive health risks related to the growth of many molds and fungi. A Metroplex Leak & Line leak detection specialist will be able to inspect your home, locate, and repair any leaks quickly and provide you with peace of mind. Call (214) 388-4525 to know that your home is safe and leak-free.