People often use the phrase, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you,” but this phrase is often completely false.
In a scenario where you do not know that a pipe is leaking within the walls of your home… it definitely hurts you! A leaking pipe can cause massive amounts of damage equaling up to thousands of dollars. And because a leak usually happens within your walls where you cannot see the actual leak, it may take awhile to manifest itself. When the signs of a leaking pipe do begin to manifest, you need to act quickly. Chances are the leak has been going on for a long time, so you need to act to avoid further damage to your home.
There are a lot of signs that can show that you have a leaking pipe. Here you will learn a few of the signs so that you will be ready to act in time to save your home from the damage that a leaking pipe can cause.
One of the signs you might notice is water damage to the ceiling. Water damage in the ceiling in a lower level room shows that there is water leaking from plumbing in the second story. Water damage can turn a white ceiling brown in spots and can also cause cracking and sagging of the actual ceiling material.
Another sign of leaking is bubbling in the walls. Sheetrock quickly soaks up water and can become saturated and begin to bulge. This absorption of water causes distortions in your walls.
You can also tell that there is a leak in your plumbing if your floor begins to warp. As the flooring material soaks up water it bulges and warps just as the sheetrock does.
All of these signs mean that there has been damage going on in your home for quite some time. So if you notice any of these signs, you must know that you cannot wait around for some time and let the problem progress, because the problem has already been progressing for longer than is healthy for the integrity of your home.
If you do notice any of these signs throughout your home, call a plumber quickly. The plumber will come in and do an analysis of the damage that the leaking pipe has caused and give you a quote for how much it will cost to fix it. Remember, the longer you wait to call a plumber in to fix the leak, the more that quote is going to end up being. So call quickly, and save yourself money in the long run.