There are few things more frustrating than having a leak somewhere within your home. Whether the signs are obvious or you’ve noticed subtle signs that you might have a leak, it can be incredibly frustrating to face higher water bills and possible damage to your home or property.
In our latest blog post, we’ll show some signs that could indicate that you have a leak, as well as provide advice on how to find it and when you should call a professional. For more information, be sure to contact us with any questions.
Signs That You Might Have a Leak
High Water Bills
A sudden water bill increase is the most common sign of a leak. If your water usage habits have remained the same, but you’ve seen your water bills become increasingly expensive, there’s likely a leak somewhere in your home or water line.
Low Water Pressure
A dramatic decrease in water pressure will commonly point to a leak. Because your pipes are losing water before all of the water is able to reach your fixtures, the water pressure will decrease.
Mold or Mildew Present
Mold and mildew love to grow in warm and wet environments. If you’ve noticed any mold or mildew within the home, there might be a leak present. It’s not uncommon for mold to grow in commonly humid areas, such as bathrooms, so calling on a professional to validate your leak concerns is a great next step.
Wet Spots in the Home
Are walls or floors in your home unexplainably wet? If so, there might be a water leak behind your walls or below your floors. Fixing these leaks as soon as possible is crucial to keeping your home safe from prolonged water damage.
How to Detect a Leak
Upon noticing signs of a potential leak, your next step should be to locate the leak. Some leaks, such as one below your bathroom or kitchen sink, are easier to find. Leaks like these likely won’t require a leak detection service, as the source of the leak has already been found. However, some plumbing issues are more difficult to find than others.
Slab leaks, for example, are often tough to identify because they’re below both flooring and the concrete beneath your flooring. While identifying these types of leaks can often be frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive, it’s important to do so before your water bills continue to rise and the leak causes foundation issues.
Be sure to call on an experienced team of leak detection professionals quickly. They’ll have the specialized knowledge and equipment to find leaks no matter where they might be.
When to Call on a Professional
After the leak has been identified, you should call on a professional plumber to provide repair services. Most leak issues are complex and require the attention of a trained professional.
In the event of a major leak emergency, be sure to turn off the water at your shutoff valve and call a professional immediately. A major leak can quickly become dangerous for both your property and your loved ones.
Learn More from Indiana American Water
Here at Indiana American Water, we’re dedicated to the conservation and preservation of our water resources. For more information on detecting leaks in your home, check out the leak detection page on our website. Be sure to visit us here to learn more about what we’re doing to ensure that all Indiana residents have access to clean, reliable, and high-quality water.