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Hidden Water Leaks Could Cost You Thousands

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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A water leak is sometimes easy to spot. You may find a small pool of water begin to form in a corner of your basement, or you may discover a faucet that drips constantly. Since these types of leaks are found quite easily, you can remedy the situation before it becomes a huge problem. By contrast, a hidden leak is much harder to spot, allowing it to spread until it creates serious water damage in your home in Leander, TX.

How To Spot a Hidden Leak

Hidden leaks can occur both in the home and outside. Once the water is found, it may require a water damage repair person to assess the situation and provide guidance on how best to repair the leak.

1. Leaks Inside the Home
Hidden leaks can be spotted if you know what to watch for.

The first sign of a hidden water leak is usually the smell. When water begins to leak under the floor or behind a wall, it has an unpleasant musty smell.
Mold will also begin to grow in unlikely areas. Any mold that is spotted outside of the shower area is especially concerning.
Carpet may also seem damp without a noticeable reason.

If these signs are ignored, water can begin to damage the walls, floors and ceiling in your home.

2. Outside Leaks
A hose could be left on without noticing it for a long period of time. Underground sprinkling could malfunction causing a pipe break under the ground's surface. Any water that pools on the grass or underground will eventually make its way into your home.
Check the water meter reading on your monthly bill. If your current monthly reading has increased from last year's bill, without any abnormal water usage, it could indicate a leak.
A water leak can be very costly to fix. Once water gets into the carpet, drywall and upholstery it takes a professional to handle the situation. Stay vigilant and aware of potential problems.

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