Posted on: 26 May 2016
You'd think a water leak would be obvious. Most times, leaks are hard to miss—they cause water to pool on the floor or large, damp spots to appear on the walls. Other times, however, leaks are a bit sneakier. If they're small or found in pipes below your home rather than inside of it, their signs may be easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. Here's a look at three sneaky signs that your pipes may be leaking.
Your home has an unexplained musty smell.
Does your whole home or even just one room have a moldy, musty smell that you can't track down? It may be coming from inside your walls. If there's a small, trickling leak in one of the pipes, there may not be enough water coming out to soak the walls or the floor before it evaporates – but there may be enough to keep the space between the walls a bit moist and appealing to mold.
To better pinpoint where the leak may be, walk from room to room and note areas where the smell is the strongest. Give this information to a plumber, who can use it to guide their search for the leak.
Part of your yard is always wet.
Leaks in the pipes leading to your home can go undetected for years. Homeowners just assume they have wet yards and never really consider that the wetness may be coming from a pipe leak. Pay attention to when your yard gets wet. If it hasn't rained in a while and neighbors' yards seem dry, this is a sign a leak may be to blame for your wetness. You should also be worried if the yard seems to get wetter after you use a lot of water—such as after everyone showers or you do many loads of laundry.
Your water flow dial keeps moving even when nobody is using the water.
You'll have to actively go out and check for this sign of a water leak. Make sure all appliances that use water are turned off and that everyone in your home knows not to use the water for a few minutes. Then, head to your water meter. There's a little dial that should remain absolutely still (at the zero position) when no water is being used. If the dial is moving or is above zero, this means water is flowing through your pipes—which means you have a leak.
If you suspect you have a water leak, contact a plumber sooner rather than later. It may not be causing serious problems now, but a small leak can quickly turn into a gushing one and lead to extensive damage. For more information, contact companies like Roto-Rooter.Share