If your water bills have increased despite the absence of a corresponding increase in your water consumption, this could be caused by a leak in your pipes. Oak Plumbing, the best plumber in the state, suggests keeping an eye out for the following signs that may indicate you have a water leak:
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments. As such, it’s natural to see mold and mildew growth in places like your shower. However, if it starts appearing in normally dry areas, such as outside your bathtub, a hidden hole or crack may have been leaking water that led to its growth.
Keep in mind that a musty smell isn’t normal; only mold- and mildew-infested rooms have this smell.
Stains, Water Marks and Cracks
Stains, water marks or cracks on your walls, ceilings, floors or walls indicate that moisture has been accumulating behind them. If left unattended, your ceiling and wall may sag and bow–and not necessarily in that order.
While these signs are hard to miss, finding the origin if the leak is trickier. You might need the help of plumbing experts from the best plumbing company in the state to find them. Below are some of the more common types of leaks:
Splash Leaks – A splash leak is usually just water that’s made it past the shower curtain or door. However, don’t get complacent just because this is a common occurrence; this water can loosen your tiles and seep into the floor, damaging the layers underneath.
- To check if you have splash leaks, splash some water around your shower door or frame. You can also look for gaps around your rubber gaskets or in the caulk on the boundary where the shower or tub meets the flooring.
Tile Leaks – If water seeps through damaged grout or caulk and into the wall, tile leaks can happen. Mold-infested gaps in your grout and caulk likely mean you have this type of leak.
Sink Rim Leaks – This type of leak happens when water seeps underneath the rim or base of your kitchen faucet. A loose faucet base is usually to blame. To determine whether or not you have this type of leak, splash water around the sink rim and see if seeps under the rim. If it does, you have a sink rim leak. This type of leak can be easily fixed by a company familiar with leaking kitchen faucet repair.
If you notice an unexplained increase in your water bill, we recommend calling a professional to inspect your house for leaks. At Oak Plumbing, we offer plumbing repair services. To schedule an inspection, call (707) 200-7594 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Vacaville and Benicia, CA.