How Can I Tell If My Home Has a Hidden Leak?

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An undetected water leak can leave homeowners with an overwhelming repair bill. Not only can a water leak cause significant structural damage, but it also promotes the growth of mold and mildew. Even worse, damp conditions can attract several household pests.

Here are some key warning signs that your home has a hidden leak.

Keep an Eye on Your Water Bill

Homeowners that don’t have an underground well will likely need to get their water from the city. Upon receiving your water bill, take note of any spikes in cost from one month to the next. While increased consumption will naturally result in a higher bill during certain times of year (especially summer), you could also be dealing with a hidden leak. By allowing a professional plumber to use professional leak detection equipment in your home, you could potentially save a lot of money and avoid a major headache in the long run.

The Presence of Mold and Mildew

If your home has started to develop a musty odor, you could be dealing with a water leak. Elevated levels of moisture in your home can trigger the growth of mold and mildew, which results in a stale smell that lingers in the air for days. The mold also creates a potential health hazard for families. Allergy and asthma sufferers are at an even greater risk of getting sick.

Visual and Physical Signs

Never ignore stains on your ceiling, especially if you have a two-story home. Even after a water spot dries, it will often leave behind a blemish. A water leak can also impact a home’s structural integrity. This means you need to pay attention to sagging floors and warped walls. Neglecting to take action will only lead to further damage.

Water Meter Rises

Even when you're not using any water, a leak will cause your meter to rise. To spotlight a potential leak, shut off your home’s water for 30 minutes. If the meter still rises, it’s time to call a plumbing service to investigate.

For help locating a leak, contact Albright's Mechanical Services online or give us a call: (410) 834-0148.

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