It probably goes without saying that leaks are something you hope you never have to deal with—they are quite literally the enemy of Denver plumbing systems. There are a number of reasons for this. First off, even leaks that seem relatively “minor,” like dripping faucets for example, can waste gallons of water over the course of a year. These minor leaks trick you into thinking they’re no big deal but then the costs of wasted water start adding up.
Naturally, larger leaks can waste even more water while doing extensive damage to your property, and those leaks that develop in walls or beneath your flooring (which are most of them, honestly) can go unnoticeable for months, even longer. Since most of your home’s plumbing system is hidden from view, and since leaks really can develop anywhere in or around your property, it’s essential that you learn how to spot them. And once you do, be sure to give our pros a call for adequate repairs!
Spotting water leaks as soon as possible is important, but where should you start?
Your water bill! As we mentioned above, water leaks can exist for quite some time before they’re discovered. This doesn’t mean they’re not causing problems though in the meantime.
Even if you don’t see water gushing out from some point in your home or your ceiling below the bathroom caving in, the dampness created by even the most minor of leaks can lead to a number of problems, such as biological pollutants, mold growth, etc.
If you suspect that your high water bills aren’t actually matching your water usage, we encourage you to give our team a call to discuss our professional leak detection services. This will enable our plumbers to pinpoint the source of your leak, or even rule it out as a possibility (and then work with you to see what the cause of your high water bills actually are).
Everyone always says, “keep an eye out for problems,” but we think it’s important to listen, too!
Running water, of course, makes a sound. If you hear this sound, make a mental note of what plumbing appliances are running or which plumbing fixtures are on. If there’s nothing currently on, and you hear running water, chances are you’re listening to a leak. Again, make sure it’s not something like the toilet running or the icemaker in your kitchen refilling, before panicking. But in the absence of these natural processes, it’s best to call a professional plumber for inspection and potential repairs.
Does your home smell musty at all? If so, it may be due to damp conditions that you aren’t able to see. Remember, a big concern with water leaks is the potential for biological pollutants to thrive, in addition to the physical damage that can result due to water exposure.
If you smell mildew, it could very well be due to a water leak, especially if it is accompanied by any of the other symptoms that we’ve mentioned above.