what to do about it!
Suspecting that your property has a leaky pipe can be a frustrating and worrisome suspicion, and for good reason!
Leaking pipes can be as obvious as hearing dripping and actually having visible flooding out of cabinets, or it can be buried deep in one of your wall claddings where it is harder to detect – but either way, they can cause expensive damage to your property!
Catching a leaky pipe early is the goal to minimise repairs to both the pipe and the surrounding damage.
So how do you figure out if you have a leaky pipe? What are you meant to do about it?
The Signs Of A Leaky Pipe
A damp, musty smell in the house
You can smell a leak if it has been going on for a little while undetected, as it causes the surrounding area to become damp and start to smell. If you can smell any kind of mustiness that grows stronger as you move to certain areas of your property, with no obvious other culprits for the smell, you may need to call the experts to come and have a look and check for any other leaking signs which may need further investigation inside your walls to find the source of the smell.
Wet spots, stains or cracks
Unreasonably expensive water bills
While changing seasons can make your water usage and related bills fluctuate, if you suspect a skyrocketing water bill isn’t adding up then there could be something else at play. It could be that somewhere in your property, water is passively escaping – and you’re paying for it!
Checking all of your rooms for any damp spots, spongey walls, musty smells or dripping sounds is the first way to start investigating a potential leak. If there’s no obvious sign, calling an expert to have a thorough inspection of your property may make it easier to pinpoint if a leak is the cause of your bills to rise.
Low water pressure
Visible mildew or mould
A dripping sound
Another easy way to tell if you ever have a leak in a pipe is to regularly check your water usage so that you know what ‘normal’ water usage looks like on paper, and can then see the high water usage difference when you have guests or are watering your lawn during the summer.
Knowing the difference in your usages will make it easier to notice a sudden spike in your water usage that can not be explained, and therefore a sign of a leak that needs a repair before it causes damage in your property.
If you think it’s time for a leak expert to come take a look, give our team at Easy Flow Drainage a bell today!