It’s very common to have a water leak and not even realize it. Most water leaks are hidden from plain sight and require special attention to detail in order to notice them. Take a moment and look for the following signs that may result in the need for a qualified professional leak detection service.
Soft Mushy Ground
If it’s not raining, your yard should stay dry. However, if you walk around your house and notice areas of soft mushy, moist ground, you can probably benefit from professional leak detection service. Unusually, mushy ground signals a broken water line that’s draining directly into the earth around your home. Allowing the leak to go unfixed will not only keep your ground soggy, but could eventually cause the earth to shift, causing costly damage to the foundation of your home.
Skyrocketing Water Bill
One of the easiest ways to spot a water leak is to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill.
Sound of Water Running
Everyone knows the sound of a running toilet or dishwasher. Since it’s such a normal sound in the typical home, you might fail to notice the sound when appliances are not running. Periodically check your appliances and toilets when you hear the sound of running water to make sure something is actually turned on. If you hear the sound but know everything is turned off, you have a leak under your home or in the walls. Remember, if the water is not turned on the water has got to be going somewhere.
The Water Meter
If you suspect a water leak, turn off everything that uses water in your home for about an hour. After a while, go to your water meter and have a close look. Is the water meter still running? A running water meter when all of the water is shut off signifies the need for calling a professional water leak detection company.
Wet Spots in Your Home
Wet spots on floors and walls might be common in a home with frequent spills. However, if you notice discolored areas where you’re sure nothing has been spilled, keep a look out. If they don’t go away or you notice more wet spots, you most likely have a hidden water leak.
Smelling a musty odor in your home means that water is lurking somewhere. Consider hiring a water leak detection expert to help you hunt down the source. Breathing in the moist air is not only uncomfortable, but it also can negatively impact your allergies. Mold is attracted to moist damp areas, and could cause major health problems for you and your family.
Leaving a water leak alone will inevitably cost you hundreds and even tens of thousands of dollars (if it does damage to the foundation of your home). Save yourself both time and money. If you think you have a water leak, do not hesitate to call Richard Ilott Plumbing.