How to Tell If You’ve Got a Hidden Plumbing Leak

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If left untreated, plumbing leaks can quickly lead to really expensive issues, such as floor, wall, and paint damage. Leaks also don’t come from the most obvious places in your house.

Think you may have a hidden house plumbing leak? Here are a few subtle signs to look for.

1. Mildew or Mold

It is true that mold thrives off of dark, moist environments. And, not only does a busted pipe fill these criteria, it quickly becomes a breeding ground for mildew and mold.

If you see mildew or mold popping up on non-shower walls or in corners of the bathroom, it’s a huge sign of water leakage. And the longer it takes you to detect the leak, the easier and faster the mold will grow.

It’s a race against time since heavy amounts of mold and mildew can seriously affect your health.

2. Damaged Walls

If your walls have become warped or stained and you have no idea why, this is a clear sign of a leak. When drywall is exposed to moisture, it starts to bubble and warp.

If you leave it unattended, it can spread to the ceiling and collect water there. That can then result in sagging and leaking water.

3. Smell From Old Water

Old water from a pipe has the tendency to smell really bad. If you clean your bathroom and it still smells musty, that is a sign of a leak.

If the water is hidden, then it may have been left unable to dry. This is worrisome because it can cause serious water damage.

4. Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a sign of two things: You have a leak or there is an issue with your water company.

The cause of low water pressure can be really hard to pinpoint, so it’s best to call a professional right away.

5. Strange Noises

If you’re hearing unidentified noises in your walls, more likely than not, you’ve got a leak.

Worse yet, if you hear water rushing through your pipes while you’re not using them, call a professional right way. This is a huge sign of a leak, and can possibly lead to flooding.

6. Get Help for House Plumbing Issues Right Away

If you’re suspicious of house plumbing issues, it’s best to call a professional right away. Water leaks can lead to water damage that will be more expensive to fix if you wait. Calling a professional sooner rather than later is often the best choice to make.

And remember: Look out for any strange noises and stains on your walls or ceiling. Noises and stains are signs of water leaks that should not be ignored.

Also, if your water pressure goes down for an unknown reason, call your water company and see if any issues have occurred. For instance, a burst power main can cause a drop. If you can’t find a reason, however, it’s best to call a professional plumber for help.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Give Up on DIY and Call a Plumber

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With all the DIY videos on YouTube, doing your own home repairs has become a popular way to save money. But when it comes to plumbing, doing it yourself can lead to burst pipes, sewage backup, and other costly disasters.

Don’t take the risk: Know when to call a pro.

The following is a list of common plumbing issues you should not attempt to fix yourself. If you experience any of these issues, you need to call a plumber.

Low Water Pressure

The cause of low water pressure can be difficult to determine. It may be a warning sign of a clog or a leak. Or it could be a problem with the water company, like a burst water main.

Whatever the cause, attempting to fix the problem yourself is likely to damage your pipes and make the problem worse.

Resistant Clogs

Most of the time, drain clogs are not hard to solve yourself. You should be able to unclog pipes with a simple drain snake tool or monthly application of a liquid drain cleaner like Drain-O.

But if a clog persists with little or no improvement after you try these methods, you need to call a plumber. Too many attempts to release a stubborn clog can cause too much pressure and damage the pipes. Excessive use of liquid drain cleaner can damage plumbing as well.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a plumbing emergency. If you experience frozen pipes, call a plumber as soon as possible.

Water expands when it freezes. When that happens in your pipes, it can cause pipes to burst. These burst pipes can flood your home or damage your foundation. Burst pipes are also extremely difficult to locate, reach, and fix.

Signs your pipes may be frozen include stopped water, clanking noises when water is turned on, or visible frost on the pipes. If you experience any of these, don’t hesitate to call a plumber.

Strange Pipe Noises

If you hear the sound of water running through your pipes when no one is using them, you probably have a leak. If not taken care of, this can quickly cause damage and even flooding in your home.

A gurgling noise is probably the sign of a blocked drain pipe that must be addressed. Call a professional for help.

Sulfur, Sewage, or Gas Smell

If you smell an odor like rotten eggs in your house, it might be the sign of a broken vent or burst sewer pipe. This would be extremely hazardous to your home and the environment. Get professional help right away.

Similarly, if it smells like gas in your house, leave the house immediately. Do not turn any electronics on or off, and do nothing that could cause a spark. Get out of your house, then call your utility company and 911 from outside.

Call a Plumber

Don’t ignore these scary warning signs. Call a plumber before things get much, much worse.

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