A hidden leak in your pipes can quickly lead to major problems if not found and treated promptly. High water bills, mold, and mildew are just a few problems that a hidden leak can create. But how do you know if you have a leaking pipe inside your walls? In this week’s blog, your Silver Spring plumber offers advice on how to detect a leaking pipe quickly so that it can be taken care of before creating bigger problems.
4 Signs of a Hidden Leaking Pipe From Your Silver Spring Plumber
Check your water bill
One of the first telltale signs of a pipe leak is an unexplained increase in your water bill. If you haven’t increased consumption but you notice your bill has gone up, this is a strong indicator that you have a leak somewhere in your pipes. A good way to know for sure is to check your water meter when all of your water is off. If the meter is moving despite everything in your home being off, you probably have a hidden leak.
Follow your nose
Standing water creates a distinct odor very quickly so keep your nose on the lookout. If you start to notice a strange, musty smell it could indicate a leak behind that wall. Your Silver Spring plumber will be able to detect leaks in the walls by using technology that will quickly pinpoint the leak.
Watch out for blistering wallpaper or sudden water stains
Water coming through the walls has a way of making itself known so if you see any change in your wallpaper or unexplained discoloration, call your Silver Spring plumber immediately to have the problem looked at. Water can get trapped behind wallpaper, causing it to blister. Certain types of paint may also bubble when water is introduced behind it so do not hesitate to get it looked at if you notice a change.
Keep an eye out for signs of mold and mildew
While mildew is common in the damp environment of your shower, if you notice it or mold anywhere else in your home it’s a strong sign of water damage. It will often quickly grow on walls whose interior pipe is leaking.
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For over 30 years, Master Plumbing & Mechanical has served the Washington, D.C. area, including Montgomery and Prince George’s county. Founded by Joe Maier and Billy Silk and rooted in personal, neighborly service, we’ve built our reputation on recommendations from our satisfied customers.
We’ve received Angie’s List Super Service Awards for both plumbing and drain cleaning every year consecutively, going back to 2007, as well as the Best Plumber award from Best of Bethesda. Our company is fully licensed, bonded, and insured and we offer friendly, courteous service with fast response times.