5 Signs You Have a Hidden Leak
In virtually all of today’s homes, pipes are hidden within walls and ceilings. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to spot a hidden leak until the signs become obvious. Unfortunately, by then a significant amount of damage may have already been done.
However, by knowing what to look for, you may be able to spot a leak just as it’s beginning and quickly contact a plumber. Here are some strong indicators you have a hidden leak somewhere within your walls or ceilings.
Almost a guarantee that a leak exists, a strong musty smell within a bathroom, basement, or other room could indicate a leaking pipe. If a smell exists, it means water has started to accumulate within a wall or ceiling, requiring the skills of a professional plumber as soon as possible.
Wallpaper or Paint Damage
If a leak exists, the paint or wallpaper in a room may begin to blister, bubble, or crack in numerous spots. This damage occurs because the water that gets between the surface and the paint or wallpaper forces the bond between the two surfaces to separate, resulting in obvious damage.
Stained Walls, Floors, or Ceilings
Considered one of the most obvious signs of a water leak, stains on walls, floors, or ceilings indicate a leak has been going on for quite awhile and requires professional attention as soon as possible.
Soft or Bouncy Floors
Floors are supposed to have no give in them when they are walked on, so if a room’s floor feels like it bounces when you walk on it or has soft spots here and there, a water leak is likely the cause. If left alone, the floor could eventually give way, resulting in large repair bills not only to repair the leak, but also the floor itself.
While it’s natural to find some mold in various spots of a house, such as a bathroom or basement, if you’re finding it in unusual places or rooms that have never had a mold or mildew problem before, you probably have a water leak somewhere in your home. If this is the case, a plumber should be called right away to find the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs.
While almost all homes will have a water leak at some point, knowing what to look for can keep a small problem from developing into a much larger one.
Don’t be submerged by the water in your Montgomery home. Call Cole Plumbing at (334) 279-8919 today, and get that water leak repaired now!