Hidden Leaks

Posted On Jul 15, 2020

Hidden Leaks

A small leak can be a mild issue, but if you don’t catch things early enough, it can turn into a very expensive problem with skyrocketing water bills and extensive water damage to your home’s walls and foundation. Follow the tips and tricks below to catch small hidden leaks before they cause big problems:

Hidden leaks

The Water Bill Increases

The simplest way to solve the mystery of having a hidden leak is paying close attention to the water bill. If you are convinced you have one, confirm things by checking your water meter and write down the water level you see. Then, turn the main shut-off valve off for a few hours and don’t use any water during that time. If your meter is lower when you record the reading, you have a water leak.

Mildew, Mold or Other Signs of Water Damage

If your home has any visible form of mildew and mold growth, this is an automatic sign that you have a leak in your home. More signs of a hidden leak are dark spots on the ceiling, dimpling wall paper, peeling paint, or warping floors. If you see any of these in your home, call Drain Masters Plumbing & Water Cleanup as soon as you can to avoid further damage.

Hissing Noises

All homes make noises to an extent, such as clanking and gurgling. If you hear a hissing noise you need to pay close attention to that, because this noise typically means a valve isn’t closing properly in some area of your plumbing. The hissing noise generally comes from a toilet tank or water heater. A way to confirm the leak is putting a couple drops of food coloring in your tank and see if the toilet bowl has any color. If it does, you have a leak.

If you are still unsure you have a leak, or know that you have one but don’t know how to fix it, call Drain Masters Plumbing & Water Cleanup or schedule service online.