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Signs of a leaking pipe in your home

2/9/2023 (Permalink)

pipe break in ceiling Signs of leaking pipes in your home? Give SERVPRO a call today!

Leaking pipes are one of the most common home repair issues. If you suspect that you have a leaky pipe in your home, check for stains on your walls, ceilings or floors where moisture could build up over time and create damage.

Stains on the walls and ceilings

If you notice stains on the walls and ceilings of your home, it's possible that a pipe is leaking. The most common cause of such leaks is water seeping through the walls, but leaky pipes in the attic or basement can also cause these stains. These stains can be easy to see or hidden behind furniture or curtains.

A steady dripping sound

A steady drip or a gurgling sound can indicate a leak. If you hear the drip of water (or even better, see it!), there’s likely a problem with your pipes or faucets. Standing water is also an indication that you have a water leak somewhere close. Check corners or under sinks and appliances which could be a potential water damaged area from a refrigerator or washing machine. If you suspect that you have an issue with your pipes, call professionally licensed plumbers immediately to come take care of the problem before it gets worse.

Leaks under sinks or toilets

Leaking toilets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs can leave your bathroom with water damage. An unexplained spike in your water bill is the most common notice that you could potentially have a leaking pipe or pipe break in your home or business.

But how do you know if it’s just a leaky faucet or something bigger? The good news is, detecting a leak can be relatively simple: most leaks can be detected by following two steps: first, finding the source of the leak (i.e., where it’s occurring); and second, determining its extent (i.e., how much damage has been done).

Cost to Repair

Leaking pipes can lead to serious water damage which can be costly to repair. Leaks are also more likely to occur if your home has been built or renovated since the mid-1990s, when new piping materials and installation methods were introduced.

If you think you might have a leak, it’s important that you get into contact with a plumber as soon as possible after seeing signs that there could be one. The longer an issue goes undetected, the more damage will occur inside your home and the more expensive repairs will become. If you need help locating professionals who can help identify and fix leaks in your home or office building.

Your water bill is a good indicator of whether or not your home has a leak. If you see an increase in your water bill over the last few months and you’re not sure why, there could be a problem with your pipes. You may want to call an expert to help diagnose the problem.

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