How to Detect Hidden Plumbing Leaks in Your Home

Hidden plumbing leaks can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage to your home, and worse, they’re often only detectable after the fact. The U.S. EPA estimates that 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more per day, so it pays to be on the lookout for any early warning signs of hidden leaks. We here at Berkeys Air Conditioning & Plumbing have compiled this guide to help you find hidden leaks as soon as possible:

Foundation Cracks

Undergrounds water leaks can saturate expansive soil underneath your home, causing it to swell like a sponge and exert enormous amounts of pressure on your foundation. A home with a slab foundation can crack and leak water through. If your home has a basement, then be on the lookout for any cracks or leaks in the walls.

Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most obvious signs of a plumbing leak. Water leaks will cause noticeable blistering on wallpaper and drywall, and may also cause the ceiling to sag or stain. You may also smell mold before you see it, so pay attention to any musty odors that are lingering in certain areas of the home.

Increased Water Bill

Even if a hidden leak exhibits no obvious symptoms, you’ll almost certainly notice it in your water bill. If you are unsure about whether you have a hidden plumbing leak or not, you can also turn off the water valves on all of your appliances, close the faucets, and then check for any changes in the water meter after several hours.

If you’re experiencing one or more of these issues in your home, then contact our professional plumbers here at Berkey’s Air Conditioning & Plumbing. With over 35 years of experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, we have the reputation and expertise to provide timely and reliable services. Just call (214) 593-6468 to schedule service today.

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