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Signs That You May Have a Plumbing Leak


Plumbing leaks are the pits. If a pipe suddenly breaks, you could end up with expensive water damage in your home. It’s especially bad if it happens while you’re on vacation!

Thankfully, dramatic pipe bursts are rare. Most of the time plumbing leaks happen slowly and, if you are paying attention, you can catch them before they cause a huge disaster. Here are a few signs that you may have a plumbing leak that you should be watching for. 

1. Drop in Water Pressure

When you go to wash your hands, you might notice a drop in the water pressure. The water doesn’t come out of the faucet as forcefully as it usually does. 

If the problem seems to be localized to one sink/area of the house, it’s likely there is a leak in the pipe nearby. A reputable plumber in Ceres CA can help you find the leak and get it repaired. 

2. Water Stains on the Walls

If a small leak has been going on for a while, you could have standing water in your ceiling or constant rivulets running inside the walls. 

Eventually, this moisture can cause yellowish or rust-colored water stains on your walls, ceiling, or even the floor. 

3. You Notice the Sound of Water Running

When all is quiet in the night, you might hear the sound of water running or dripping. When you go to investigate, all the faucets are closed and the toilets aren’t running. 

This means that sound of water running is a really bad sign. There is enough water leaking out of the pipe that you can hear it!

4. Your House Smells Like Mold

Mold grows easily in the proper environment. With enough moisture and a nice dark spot, mold can grow in as little as 24 – 48 hours. 

A water leak provides the perfect opportunity. As the mold grows, your house will take on a musty, moldy odor. This is a health hazard and something that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

5. The Water Meter Is Running Though Nothing Is On

What if you suspect a leak but haven’t been able to find/confirm it? A simple way to do this is to make sure that no water is running in the house. All faucets should be off, toilets should be full, etc. 

Then go check the water meter. With nothing on, the meter should not be moving. If it is, that’s a good indication there is a leak somewhere. Contact us for help with finding it!

Fix Your Plumbing Leaks in No Time!

Do you suspect that you have a plumbing leak in your home? Don’t wait to get it checked out. Even a small problem can leak gallons of water into your home and water damage is nothing to laugh at. It gets expensive quickly! 

For professional plumbing service, contact DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air Inc.

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