Your water usage haven’t changed, but your water bills are higher than normal and your water meter shows an increase in usage. This could mean you have a leak in your pipes. How can you be sure? The expert plumbing contractors at Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating Inc provide heating and plumbing repair and installation services to the Anchorage community, and they know the signs you should look for when you suspect a leak.
So, what are the signs of a leaking pipe?
- Mold or Mildew: A hidden leaking pipe creates a dark, moist environment where mold and mildew can thrive. If you find a small amount in an area where water usually accumulates—such as in your bathroom—then it’s normally not a concern. However, if you find any growing in places like your bedroom or living room, then you should call your plumber to check for a leak.
- Damaged Paint or Wallpaper: Steam from your shower won’t cause your paint or wallpaper to bubble, crack, or peel. A leak can cause water to get in between the wall and the paint, weakening the adhesive and making them separate.
- Warped Walls, Ceilings, And Floors: Drywall gets soft and warped when it is consistently exposed to water. A change in the flatness of the wall can indicate there is a leak behind it. If your floors and ceilings begin to buckle or crack, or you find water stains, it can be a sign of water damage that has resulted from a leak.
- Musty Smell: Standing water that has accumulated and never has a chance to dry develops a musty or earthy odor. If you detect this smell, call your plumber for a leak inspection.
Once you suspect a leak, call Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating Inc for repairs to fix the issue before it becomes a bigger problem. Contact them at (907) 344-2060 for their 24-hour emergency plumbing services, or visit their web site for information on water heater repairs, pipe thawing, and more.