A leak in your home can result in a lot of wasted water and money. However, what’s even more concerning is just how much damage the smallest of trickles can cause. Therefore, it is imperative to have a leak repaired the moment you notice it. However, it’s not all that easy, because many leaks are hidden from the human eye. In this post, we’re going to help you spot leaks like a pro, so that you can have it fixed before it can cause major damage.
Common Signs of Pipe Leaks
Most homeowners understand the importance of pipe repair, but they don’t always know when they should make the call. However, Anta Plumbing makes it easier for you with this list of common signs of pipe leaks.
Ceiling Stains: If you have a leak in the pipes running underneath the upstairs bathroom, you should notice a stain forming on the downstairs ceiling. A sagging ceiling means that the water is pooling there, and when the ceiling gives in, you’re bound to see a big, expensive mess.
Increased Water Bills: Pipe leaks are a bad waste of good water. It can literally waste thousands of gallons of water if not detected early enough. No matter how big the leak, it all tallies up on your water bill.
Musty Odors: Standing water that has nowhere to go will soon develop a musty smell in your home, causing significant damage to your indoor air quality.
Mold Growth: Water leaks will increase the humidity in your home, creating the perfect atmosphere in which mold thrives. Mold is extremely hazardous to your health, so get professional help as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Bathroom Leaks
Splash leaks are caused by water that escapes past the shower door or shower curtain, and one of the most common bathroom leaks. It may not seem like a major issue, but when the leak causes the subfloor to become wet, it will cause the tiles to loosen and the subfloor can rot, resulting in a costly tearout and repair project. Look out for:
● loose tiles next to the tub
● curving vinyl flooring
● peeling paint near the shower
● water stains on the joists or ceiling below
● mold spots on the floor or wall near the shower or tub
● standing water on the floor
Toilet leaks are also very common, and need to be repaired as soon as possible to avoid rotting of the subfloor, and mold. Signs of a leaking toilet include:
● wetness around the toilet base
● damaged or loose flooring
● stains on the ceiling of the floor below
● a toilet that moves when you push against it
These are just some of the common signs of water leaks in the average household, but of course, there can be leaks in your fittings or faucets, or in your water-using appliances too. Anta Plumbing are the masters of leak detection in Toronto. Give us a call if you suspect you might have a leak.