If you ask a child what superpower they’d like to have, he or she will most likely respond with the ability to fly or invisibility. As a homeowner, a superpower that would come in handy is X-ray vision. This is because many plumbing problems occur behind walls, in unfinished spaces, or otherwise out of sight. The bad news is that even a small leak, if left unfixed, can become a giant problem.
In order to keep your home safe and to save yourself from costly repairs, you should keep your eyes peeled and even investigate for leaks on a regular basis.
Here are five common red flags that you have a leak in your home
Higher water bills – There are a few valid reasons why your water bill suddenly increases. For example, you add people to your home. Or seasonal factors such as watering your lawn in the summer. But if have an unexpected and unexplained spike in your water bill, it may be due to a hidden leak somewhere in your home.
Water damage – If you find excess moisture, mold, or mildew inside your home, you should investigate to find the source of the water. Beyond the musty smell, mold could be dangerous to the health of you and your family. Look out for signs of water on your floors, walls, and ceilings to catch a possible hidden leak.
Wet spot in yard – Your sewer line runs underground from your home to the municipal sewer main. If this pipe gets damaged for a variety of reasons (tree roots, clog, collapsed pipe, etc.), the sewage contents can seep into the soil. The same thing goes for the underground pipe to a septic tank. So if you notice a soggy (and potentially smelly) spot on your property, you should get the sewer pipe inspected ASAP.
Constantly running water meter – Here’s a quick test. First, make sure that water is not in use in your home (including appliances). Then put your ear near the water meter. If you hear it clicking, which indicates that the meter is running, that means water is still being pulled into your home, which could indicate a leak.
Cracks in foundation – It can be normal for a house to settle, causing small, typically harmless cracks in the foundation. But if cracks appear very quickly, it may be a sign that you have a leak behind the walls. If left unfixed, the water can spread and cause further damage.
Plumbers in New Haven and Fairfield Counties
Once you notice any signs of a leak, it’s important that you have it inspected and addressed right away. For quality plumbing service from a team you can trust, call the experts at Rick’s Plumbing. We’ve been serving Milford and surrounding areas since 1992. Call us today at (203) 874-6629.