Leaks are the most common plumbing problem homeowners experience, and even one dripping faucet can lead to up to 20,000 gallons of water wasted over a year. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it can also drive up your energy bills, damage your property, and even expose your loved ones to health and safety hazards. Along with visible leaks from your faucet or showerhead, leaks can happen behind walls, beneath floors, or within your appliances, where they often remain hidden until you notice signs of structural damage to your home.
Plumbing problems do not simply resolve themselves, and failing to promptly identify and fix leaks inevitably leads to more serious, widespread, and expensive problems. However, there are certain signs you can look for that indicate you have a leak in your plumbing system.
Signs of a Leak
Check for the following signs of a leak in your plumbing system:
- Strange sounds, such as whistling, gurgling, hissing, dripping or banging
- Hearing constant running water, even when no one is using the faucet or toilet
- Discoloration or bits of debris in the water, possibly from corroded pipes
- Unpleasant odors, indicating mold growth or sewer back-up
- Water marks on ceiling or walls
- Peeling or bubbling paint or wallpaper
- Mold or mildew on ceilings, walls, baseboards, or floors
- Warping in the cabinet that contains your sink pipes
- Loose, peeling, or cracked floor tiles
- Soft, sagging, or creaky floorboards
- Standing water on your flooring or carpet
- Standing water around your home’s foundation
- Cracks in the foundation
- Constantly running water meter
- Unusually high water bills
Contact the Professionals
If you suspect you have a leak in your plumbing system, you must act quickly to alleviate the problem. Contact Columbia Drain immediately to schedule a consultation with our team. Our licensed, highly skilled technicians have the experience, training, and resources to locate, diagnose, and repair any problems that are causing the leak before they can cause further damage to your home.