Protecting the integrity of your home investment means being diligent about checking for hidden leaks or any other structural threats. You may not have water leaks on the forefront of your mind if there is no visible issue, or you may be suspecting the cause of the issue is something entirely different.
Whatever the case may be, it’s always best to do your due diligence and thoroughly inspect your home for any hidden leaks.
After reading the following signs, you’ll know exactly what to look for and how best to guard against any potential threats to your home.
Signs that Indicate Water Leaks in Your Home
- Higher than normal water bills —Usually the first sign that there’s something not right with your water pipes is when you read through your water bill and it’s higher than any of the other months for no particular reason that you can think of.
Getting sticker shock from a high water bill usually indicates some type of water leak is taking place. It could be something you haven’t already come across or anything suspicious either outside or inside your home.
- Low water pressure — Low water pressure is another common sign that there’s a problem with leaking. If you were to turn on your shower or faucet and notice the water isn’t coming out as strong as usual, not only does this make showering and washing dishes frustrating but it usually is an indication of a water leak. It could mean there is a growing amount of sediment accumulating in the water pipes or that there are cracks and leaks in the piping.
- Water-damaged surfaces on ceilings or walls — If you notice water damage along the ceilings or walls of your home, this could mean that a water leak has spread and accumulated over time. Bathrooms are commonly impacted by water leaks that create large or small bubbles in the walls and ceilings, forming as a result of the expansion the water causes in the wood and other materials.
- Your water meter indicates unusually higher usage — It’s always good to track your water meter usage on a regular basis in order to have a good idea of the average usage throughout the year. So, if you notice your water meter shows a significantly higher amount of water consumption, you’ll want to turn off all water fixtures for about two hours to test for the presence of a water leak. After waiting two hours, see if the water meter reads differently than the number at the time you shut off the water. If the number has changed, it will show an increased number and indicate that water is running through the system. Even the smallest leaks are detected this way and can signal a potential problem.
Being proactive in checking for water leaks in your new or old home is beneficial any time of year, but especially during the colder months. Pipes tend to burst, and flooding is an unfortunate reality for many homeowners in the winter.
By taking these preventive measures and seeking professional help when necessary, you’ll be able to preserve the investment of your home and avoid any costly plumbing issues.
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