Sometimes water leaks are obvious, but some leaks can go unnoticed until significant water damage has occurred. If you want to stay on top of plumbing problems before they escalate into major repairs, be alert for these common warning signs and call a plumber as soon as you notice any in your home.
3 Warning Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak
1. Water Meter
Water meters measure how much water is used in a house, but they can also be a tool for identifying small and large leaks. Note the reading on your water meter and then turn off all faucets and water appliances, including your washing machine and dishwasher. Then, recheck the water meter to see if it shows a change from the previous measurement. If so, there’s probably a leak somewhere inside your home. It’s also smart to wait another two hours before checking the meter to identify slow leaks.
2. Musty Odor
If a foul or musty odor lingers in the home and you can’t identify the source, it could be a sign of mildew or mold. Moisture is the primary cause of mildew and mold. If you see dark spots on the floor, wall, or ceiling, call a plumber. A professional can track the source and stop the fungus from spreading.
3. Wall Cracks
Leaks in your home can cause hairline cracks in your walls or ceilings. Prolonged exposure to water can cause the drywall to deteriorate and crack. If the cracks on your wall also show brown or yellow stains, you likely have a leak. Unaddressed leaks could also cause the home’s foundation to shift, resulting in hairline cracks. Consulting a plumber can help you determine where the leak is and stop it before the damage becomes too severe.
If you notice any of these warning signs, call the experienced plumbers at H2O Specialists in Kerrville, TX. For more than 20 years, they have specialized in water heater repairs and installations, troubleshooting leaks, and plumbing repairs for residential and commercial clients. Their plumbers also provide maintenance services to stop leaks before they occur. Call (830) 895-7575 to request an appointment or visit them online to learn more about their services.