Suspect A Leak? 4 Ways To Identify Hidden Pipe Damage

11 November 2018
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When it comes to plumbing problems, those that occur in your pipes can be difficult to identify, especially when they're underground or in your walls. Problems with exposed pipes are usually easy to find. All you have to do is look for the visible leak. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to locate hidden pipe damage. That's why you need to know what signs to look for. If you suspect that you have problems with your pipes, look for the signs that are listed below. If you experience any of those signs on a regular basis, it's time to call the pipe repair service. You could be dealing with hidden pipe damage.

1. Your Water Bill has Escalated

If you've been using less water but your bill keeps going up each month, you're using water that you don't know about. The first thing you should do is call your water company and ask if there was a rate increase that you didn't know about. If there wasn't, and your bill continues to escalate each month, you could have a damaged pipe that's allowing water to leak through.

2. Your Drywall has Wet Spots

If you've suddenly developed wet spots on your drywall, there could be a leaky pipe hiding behind the wall. Dry the area with a blow dryer and see if the wet spot returns. If it does, you need to have a plumber come out and take a look. A leaky pipe can destroy the drywall, and lead to further damage in your home.

3. You Hear Running Water

If you're the only one in the house, and you hear running water, you may have a leaky pipe somewhere. Check to make sure that your toilets haven't sprung a leak, or that your water heater isn't refilling itself. If those areas check out, and you're still hearing running water in your home, you've got a leak that will need to be addressed.

4. Your Home Smells Musty

If your home smells dank and musty, no matter home much you clean, chances are good that you have a leaky pipe. The added moisture in the air can leave your home smelling musty. If the moist conditions remain for too long, you could end up with a mold problem.

Don't take chances with your plumbing. If you're experiencing any of the problems described above, you need to have your pipes inspected as soon as possible. A cracked pipe can escalate to a ruptured pipe quite quickly.