A water leak is something no homeowner wants to deal with, but what’s worse than water continuously dripping in your walls or underground?
A leak that goes undetected for days, months, or years causes severe damage to your home. Here are five sure signs to watch for that indicate you’re dealing with a leak.
Your Water Bill is Unusually High
Water bills generally remain relatively consistent, so each month should be within a few dollars of previous months. Granted, having an extended house guest or using a large amount of water to fill up a pool in the summer could lead to a spike in your bill. But generally speaking, if you notice a big jump in your bill from one month to the next, that’s a good indicator that you could have a water leak in your home.
You Hear Water Running When Everything is Turned Off
Many leaks are detected by homeowners at night when the entire house is quiet, except for the sound of running water. When you hear running water in your home, check the bathrooms, the dishwasher, and the washing machine. If none of them are running and you can’t find the source of the running water sound, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a leak.
There’s a Funky Smell in Your Home
Foul odors in a home are often due to mold or mildew, which come from pooling water. They can appear within 24-48 hours of water being present, and once they start growing, it’s hard to stop them without proper treatment. Try to trace any funky smells in your home back to their source, and if that source appears to be mold, call a plumber to get the problem taken care of immediately.
Cracks in Your Walls
Water leaking continuously on the ground under your home can cause cracks in the foundation, and it can even lead to shifts in the walls. These cracks may result in a dangerous situation, so immediately have it looked at by a plumber if you ever notice cracks in your walls or your foundation.
The Floor is Wet
A wet floor would be the cause of concern, especially if nobody spilled water on that spot. If you’re unable to find the source of the water pooling on the floor, that’s a good sign you’ve got a leak on your hands. You can start by mopping up the water with a towel and turning some large fans on the area to dry it out, but you’ll need to call a plumber to fix the root of the problem.
Quick Quality Plumbing is Here
If you suspect you’re dealing with a water leak in your home, Quick Quality Plumbing is here to help. Our licensed and certified plumbers have years of experience repairing water leaks, even in water mains and sewer lines. We offer 24/7 emergency services in American Fork, Lehi, Orem, and Provo, Utah, and all the cities in between, so contact Quick Quality Plumbing today for all of your plumbing needs!