Not all water leaks are easy to spot and find, like an annoying dripping faucet or the pooling water underneath a sink. Sometimes, leaks can occur in other areas of the home that are not as easily accessible or can even be out of sight. Just because you do not hear the drip, drip, drip sound of water or hear water flowing through the pipes within your home does not mean water is not leaking somewhere.
Water leaks can occur just about anywhere inside and outside the home. Even though they are hard to find, there are some telltale signs to pay attention to and if you notice them, contact a Mississauga plumbing company immediately for assistance. Ignoring the problem will not resolve it and will only lead to more costly repairs down the road.
Sign #1 – Water Bills Are Increasing
It is a good idea to keep track of your water usage and monitor it from month-to-month. Most households tend to use about the same amount, except for a few minor exceptions, like filling up the swimming pool in summer or when house guests visit over the holidays. If you notice a big spike in your water bill, but had no reason for the extra usage, you could have a leak.
Sign # 2 – The Appearance of Mildew and Mold
Both mildew and mold like moist, wet, and damp areas, which are common in the bathroom. However, if you notice mildew and mold growing in other areas of the home, like on the walls or along baseboards, it indicates a water problem and potential leak.
Sign # 3 – Your Water Meter Constantly Ticks
If you have easy access to your water meter – some are actually outside the home in the ground – while others are just inside the home where the main water line comes inside – one way to check for leaks is to listen to see if it constantly ticks when all water is shut off. If it is ticking, then that means there is a water leak.
Sign # 4 – Discoloured Floors, Walls, or Ceilings
Discolourations in the floor’s, wall’s, or ceiling’s primary finish is due to leaking water creating a wet spot, which starts to dry, but then is exposed to more water, and the process continues until it softens the area, cracks, and becomes an even bigger mess.
Sign # 5 – Newly Formed Cracks in the Foundation/Basement Floor
As homes age and settle, it is normal to find cracks along the foundation or even in the basement floor. However, if the occurrence of these cracks seems to be occurring more frequently or existing cracks are becoming bigger, it could be from a water leak.
If you notice any of the above signs or need help finding a water leak inside your home, please feel free to contact Precise Plumbing at 647-878-9293 and schedule an appointment with one of our plumbing experts today!