Signs That You Have a Plumbing Leak in Your Home

burst-pipeOf all the various problems that can affect your plumbing system, leaks are the most common. They’re also among the most damaging if allowed to develop for long enough. That’s why it’s so important that you be able to identify when there is a leak in your plumbing system. You may not be able to detect every leak without professional training and equipment, but any that you can catch early will help prevent further damage. Have a look at some of the warning signs that you have a plumbing leak in your home.

Dropping Water Pressure

Falling water pressure is one of the easiest signs of a leak to detect without professional equipment. However, it’s also one of the last signs to show up. If you are noticing water pressure dropping in your plumbing system, it means that whatever leak or blockage is forming in the system is probably pretty advanced. Make sure that you call for repairs right away if you notice this symptom.

Higher-Than-Normal Water Bills

You may have heard recently about the woman who was erroneously charged $284 billion or thereabouts for her utility bill. If your water bill is in the thousands, or billions, of dollars we are going to go out on a limb and tell you that it’s likely a computer error. However, if your water bill does start to cost more than you feel it should on a monthly basis, it might be because you have a leak in the system.

Running Water Meter

One easy way to find out if you possibly have a leak is to turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home, and then have a look at the water meter. If the water meter is not running, you probably don’t have a leak in your plumbing system. Or at least, if you do, it’s too small to cause an obvious impact. If your water meter is still running, though, it likely means that you have a leak in the system. It’s a good idea to call a plumber at that point.

Water Damage

Hopefully, you won’t have to wait for this sign to show up before calling for repairs. Water damage is the final sign that you have a leak somewhere in the plumbing system. This could come in the form of mold growing in a ring on the wall or ceiling. It could also come in a more dramatic fashion, like a ruptured pipe pouring water all over the floor and turning part of your home into a swamp. If you notice any obvious signs of water damage anywhere in your home, it’s a good idea to call for repairs as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the damage is likely to get.

Environment Masters, Inc. offers a full range of plumbing repair services in Brandon, MS. If your plumbing system is in need of repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. We’ll make sure that your plumbing system stays in good shape.