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leaking pipesDid you know that 10% of all homes have leaks that waste upwards of 90 gallons of water each and every day? And according to the EPA, the average family wastes anywhere from 10,000 to 11,000 gallons of water per year just due to leaks! That’s a serious problem that can result in sky-high bills and damage to your home. Unfortunately, many leaks aren’t easy to spot, and those hidden leaks can go unnoticed for long periods of time. However, there are some ways to tell whether you might have leaking pipes somewhere in your home. We’ll discuss some of the telltale signs below.

Damage to your walls, ceiling, or floor
One of the more obvious signs of a hidden leak is visible damage to your home’s ceilings, flooring, or walls. Warping, staining, bubbling, sagging, or staining is never a good sign. While some of these conditions can be caused by high humidity levels, it can also be indicative of hidden pipe leaks. These areas should not feel damp or spongy to the touch; if they do, you’ve got an issue. Your technician will likely have to tear out drywall or other parts of your home to fix the issue, meaning that you’ll need to repair this damage afterwards.

Mold, mildew, or musty odors
Finding a bit of mildew in the corner of your shower isn’t unusual. But if you spot mold or mildew on non-shower walls, you may be dealing with a leaky pipe. You should be especially concerned if you clean your bathroom thoroughly and often yet are still finding mildew and mold on the walls. In addition, a musty smell might indicate leaking pipes. That hidden water accumulation will result in an odor, but you might not be able to figure out exactly where it’s coming from. Enlist the help of a plumber to find out.

Ridiculously high water bills
Unfortunately, one of the first tip-offs of a leak for many homeowners is the crazy water bill. You may not even know you have an issue until you receive a bill that’s hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than it usually is. If you feel there’s no way you could have knowingly used as much water as your biller is telling you and you’ve confirmed there’s no mistake on your end, it’s time to call in a plumber to get to the bottom of it.

Changes to paint or wallpaper
Paint and wallpaper rely on bonds to keep them connected to the wall. But when moisture gets in the middle of that bond, these materials may separate and come loose. Hot showers don’t provide enough excess moisture to make your paint chip or wallpaper come right off. Leaking pipes could very well be to blame. Be sure to get this checked out, whether it’s happening in your bathroom or not.

If you suspect you might be dealing with leaking pipes, call your local plumbing contractors right away to fix the issue. Left unchecked, you may have to skip over your regular plumbing services and go straight for an emergency plumber due to a burst pipe or other catastrophe. Don’t wait until your leaking pipes cause significant damage to your home or your bank account. Should the above signs sound familiar, get them fixed ASAP.