4 Telltale Signs That Indicate You Have A Hidden Leak

4 Telltale Signs That Indicate You Have A Hidden Leak

There’s a chance you have a leak somewhere in your home that you don’t even know about. That’s right, water could be dripping right now as we speak. Scary to think about, right? Well, there are a few major warning signs you should be on the lookout for that will help you identify a hidden leak fast!

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1 - Areas That Are Normally Dry, Are Wet

This is one of the first things you should be on the lookout for. If you notice certain areas of the house or the yard just won’t seem to dry out, even when there hasn’t been rain in the forecast for a few days, there’s a good chance you have a leak

Some common areas to check out are basements and concrete slabs, carpets, and areas of the lawn or patio.

Speaking of the yard, if you notice specific areas seem to be extra damp or where vegetation seems to be growing much faster than other areas around it, you just might have a leak!

2 - A Spike In Your Water Bill

Have your last couple of water bills been much higher than they have been in the past? Don’t think you’ve used any more water than you typically do in a given month? An unexpected spike in your water bill could be the result of a hidden leak.

3 - Discolored Ceilings Or Walls

This may sound a bit obvious, but if you notice water spots, discolored paint, or warping on ceilings or walls, it’s most likely due to a leak.

Why does this happen? Well, moisture typically has a chemical reaction with drywall that causes it to separate or start cracking which can lead to other severe problems, aside from just the leak.

4 - Musty Smells Or Foul Odors

Let’s face it — mold and mildew aren’t the most pleasant scents and those are two very common results of hidden leaks. Not only is it harmful to breathe in, high moisture levels mixed with dark areas is the perfect recipe for mold and mildew to grow.

So, if you notice a foul, musty odor the next time you walk into a certain area of the home, it’s a good idea to call in the professionals to make sure nothing is leaking behind the scenes.

Attics. Walls. Toilets. Concrete slabs under your home. Leaks hide in various places—and even a minor leak can cause major damage. If you suspect that your home may have a hidden water leak, call Aztec Plumbing & Drains right away.