You may think that having a water leak in your residential or commercial property would always be something totally obvious, but that may not be the case. The truth is that there is plumbing that runs in the walls and all throughout your home, and all of it is capable of having a leak. If there is a leak in an area of your home that is not accessible, there may be indicators to look out for that can help you catch the leak before it causes more water damage. Water spreads very rapidly and nearly all building materials are negatively affected when exposed to water or moisture, so taking care of the issue as soon as it presents itself and seeking out professional water damage restoration can save you a lot of time and money. Here are some things you can look out for that may be telling you there is a leak somewhere in your home or business.
Changes In Your Water Pressure
If your water pressure changes for no reason, it is a tell tale sign that you have a leak somewhere in your home or business. Though you may find your low water pressure in your shower or sink to be frustrating, if you aren’t aware it could signal a leak you may hold off on contacting a professional. By the time other symptoms of the leak manifest you may have a much bigger problem on your hand, so it is beneficial to get any unwarranted changes checked out right away.
Higher Water Bill Than Usual
Having your utility bills be higher than normal can mean that you are experiencing a leak and should investigate immediately. Not only will this save you money on your monthly bills, but it can greatly decrease the amount of money you might need to spend on water damage restoration in response to a long term water leak.
Visible, Structural Damage
Is there discoloration on your walls that seemed to appear out of nowhere? Are you floorboards or drywall warped or swelling? Have you noticed mold in your home or business? All of these things could be a result of a leak in your property. Water can easily cause all of this damage and more if left untreated.
Random and Lingering Odors
The last thing you want to deal with in your home or business is unpleasant odors. Not only does this make your living or working environment unpleasant for you, but it is also unpleasant for your family, friends, employees, and customers. If you notice your home has a musty or ‘’mildewy’’ smell that just won’t go away no matter how clean your property is or how many candles or air fresheners you use, this might be a sign you should have a professional inspect your home for leaks.
Random Water “Spills”
This may be one of the more obvious signs, but standing water will not just appear out of thin air. If you notice a random spill, especially if it keeps occurring in the same place, there could possibly be a leak that is causing it. It is beneficial to check the pipes that are under your sinks and in accessible areas that often are overlooked on a semi regular basis, as water can often be collected in these places unnoticed.
Keeping an eye out for these indicators can help you mitigate damage and catch water damage before it is a huge problem. If you find yourself dealing with water damage from a leak and in need of a water damage restoration company, Urgent Restoration is here to help. Contact us right away to get started on your water damage restoration process.
Aaron Iannuzzi is the owner of Urgent Restoration with over a decade of experience in the restoration industry. Aaron started Urgent Restoration in 2018 and has locations in Florida and Georgia. The company specializes in water damage restoration, mold remediation, fire remediation and more. Aaron and his team of experienced technicians are proud to serve their communities to restore their homes and businesses back to normal.