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Sneaky Signs Of Hidden Plumbing Leaks Every Homeowner Must Know

If you are like most homeowners, when you think of plumbing leaks, you think of a pipe leaking under the sink or even puddles showing up in the yard. However, plumbing leaks are not so easy to diagnose every time. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for a homeowner to not realize they have a leak at all until a lot of water has been lost and there is a lot of damage already done. To avoid problems with major water bill spikes and water damage to your home, it is a good idea to educate yourself as a homeowner. Take a look at these often missed sneaky signs that you are dealing with a water leak in your home. 

There is condensation on the inside of the windows in the summer. 

Condensation shows up on windows in the summer when the air temperature outside is warmer than that inside, but there also has to be moisture present in the air for the condensation inside the home to occur. If you are consistently having issues with condensation inside of the house on the windows while the air is on, it can mean there is a high level of moisture inside the house, and this could point to the fact that there is a hidden water leak somewhere. 

The home has an odd odor of mildew. 

Water leakage inside of the house can cause a telltale odor of mildew with time. While many homeowners associate this smell with a home being older than most or simply dirty, it can also be relative to hidden water leaks. The smell of mildew develops as water and moisture stagnates, so if you have a small leak somewhere within the walls or under the house, it could easily create the smell of mildew over time. 

You have unexplained dark spots showing up on the walls or ceiling. 

Drywall is fairly resilient to moisture at first, as it is just repelled by the coatings of paper backing and paint. Eventually though, water will start to show its presence on the walls and ceiling with prolonged exposure. You may start to notice dark spots that appear shadowed in comparison to the rest of the surface. With more time, these dark moisture spots will turn brown or orange in hue. Be sure you pay close attention to these darker areas and try to track down the source of the moisture. 

For more information, contact companies like Walt's Plumbing.


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