As a homeowner, it is your job to detect problems and address them when they arise. One of the issues that you have to watch out for is water damage. Sometimes water damage presents itself in obvious ways, such as a puddle under your pipes inside of a cabinet. Here are some not-so-obvious ways that water damage can present itself in your home.
#1 Bubbles In Your Dry Wall
The drywall in your home should be smooth and flat; it should not have bubbles in it. If you notice that most of your drywall is smooth and flat, but one section is bubbly, you are dealing with a water leak somewhere within your walls. The leak is most likely located directly behind or above where you are seeing the bubbles in your drywall and could be coming from a leaking water heater or a leaking pipe.
#2 Brown Or Yellow Discoloration On Your Ceiling
Your ceiling should not change colors for no apparent reason. If your ceiling starts to turn a brown or yellowish color, you have a water leak somewhere. The leak may be coming from your roof, but it could also be coming from the pipes or your water heater.
#3 Odd Mildew Smell
Sometimes you will not notice any physical changes to your home, but you will notice an area of your home that previously smelled fine all of a sudden has a mildew or mold smell to it. When your plumbing system leaks water for a continuous period of time, the conditions are often ripe for mold and mildew to develop. If you smell something that seems off in your house, do not dismiss it.
#4 Lack Of Pressure
Another sign that you may have a leak somewhere is a lack of pressure when you turn on a faucet. If the lack of pressure is not universal throughout your entire home, then the low pressure is most likely being caused by a local leak in your plumbing system near that faucet.
#5 Increase In Your Water Bill
Another sign that you have a water leak has nothing to do with your home; it has to do with your bills. If you suddenly have an unexplained spike in your water usage, the most likely culprit is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.
If your water habits have not changed from the previous month, your water usage should remain relatively consistent. Often times, your water bill may be able to inform you of an issue with your plumbing system before you notice any obvious outward signs.
If you notice any of the warning signs listed above in your home, call a plumber right away to come out, inspect your plumbing system, and address the root of the problem. Allowing a leak to fester can result in structural damage to your home and larger repair expenses.