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Common Signs Of A Residential Plumbing Leak

Modern plumbing inside homes makes life much easier, but at the same time it means that homeowners need to be diligent about monitoring their home's plumbing and having leaks repaired promptly. A leaking pipe can waste a lot of water and also cause a lot of damage to drywall, insulation, and wood inside the home, which is why it is important to detect leaks quickly and call a plumber to make repairs. However, not all leaks are easy to identify and may not be obvious, especially since a lot of a home's plumbing is hidden behind walls and underground. Thus, homeowners need to pay attention in order to notice that there is a leak somewhere. Some common signs of a leak in a home's plumbing system include the following.

Abnormally High Water Bill

Typically, households consume about the same amount of water month after month, so water bills are usually somewhat easy to predict. So, if you receive a water bill that is much higher than normal despite not using more water than average, it may be a sign of a problem. First, call your utility company to see if the bill is an error. If the utility company confirms that the bill is correct, contact a licensed plumber with experience in leak detection to inspect your home's plumbing to see if there is a leak.

Stains on Walls or Ceilings

As a homeowner, it is always a good idea to regularly inspect your walls and ceilings for any signs of stains. If you have a pipe leaking, the water will typically discolor the drywall and paint, leaving an obvious stain. Also be on the lookout for bubbling paint on the walls or ceiling, as this can also be a sign that you have a pipe leaking water. You may also notice soft or spongey areas on the wall during your inspection, which indicates that there is moisture coming from somewhere.

Puddles in the Yard

It is also essential to look for signs of a plumbing leak outside your home. Most homes have a water main line as well as a sewer line that run across the property to the street in front of the house. These pipes are buried underground, so they can be hard to inspect, but if either one of them spring a leak you will find signs in your yard. In most cases, the most obvious sign of a water main or sewer line leak will be puddles in your yard, despite the absence of rain or snow. 

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