At some point or another, you’ve probably seen a show or a movie that depicts a character discovering a leak when a heavy rainstorm hits or when they’re just about to get ready for a huge family gathering in their home. These types of scenes usually include a bunch of buckets of water being placed around the house or an aggressive amount of water coming from a central location.
These scenes are meant to be dramatic, of course. But the truth is, the signs that you actually have a plumbing leak in your home tend to be more subtle. In fact, gushing water is something that typically doesn’t happen unless you have a frozen pipe burst as it thaws, or unless you’ve had a growing problem for a while that’s already done a bit of damage.
Read on as we uncover some of the much subtler signs that you have a plumbing leak.
Increase in Water Bills
Have you discovered that even though you think you’re being careful about your water use, your bills seem to be increasing anyway? We’re going to go ahead and take a guess to say this isn’t some evil plot from your municipal water plant. Rather, it is most likely a warning sign that you have a leak somewhere within your household.
A Drop in Water Pressure
You may notice a drop in water pressure at a single faucet or appliance. When this happens, it’s usually indicative of a small leak with that single pipe. If you notice a sharp decline in water pressure throughout your entire plumbing system, however, then you are looking at a much more serious problem with your main water line.
The only time this isn’t an emergency plumbing situation is if your city is doing work on the water lines in your area. But if you’ve heard no such notices, it’s time to call a plumber.
The Sound of Running Water (With No Plumbing On)
So let’s say nobody in your home is taking a shower. No plumbing appliances are on, and nobody just flushed the toilet. But, you hear water running. Maybe it’s even in an area of your home you’re not used to hearing water run. If so, don’t ignore it! This may be the sign of a leak.
If it seems to be coming from beneath your feet, we could be looking at a slab leak, which is among the most insidious of plumbing leaks.
A Water Meter That Won’t Stop Running
Perhaps you listened for the sound of running water but didn’t hear anything, and yet you’ve had one of the other symptoms we mentioned above. Take a few moments where you’re not using any plumbing appliances in your home, then go take a look at the water meter. If it’s still running, you can almost be certain you have a leak.
Whenever there is a troubling symptom in your home, it’s never a bad idea to call your trusted home services company. That’s what we’re here for!