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Plumbing  /  May 25, 2023

Edmonton Plumber: Signs You Have a Leaky Pipe in Your Home

Signs You Have a Leaky Pipe in Your Home

Leaks can be insidious and even lead to massive damage if left unaddressed. Homeowners must watch for any signs of water damage to ensure quick repairs. If you spot any of the following, immediately contact Edmonton plumbing contractors for repair and installation.

Mould and Mildew

If your home has mould and mildew, you’ve probably had a leak for a while. Fungi flourish in damp, dark places, allowing them to spread long before you notice the issue. If you spot mould on a wall or ceiling, there’s probably more behind the drywall.

While you’re likely familiar with one of the most dangerous types of mould (black), it can come in many colours:

  • Brown
  • Green
  • Orange
  • White

Mould and mildew spots may also appear speckled or furry, differentiating them from water damage.

Even if the mould is a less-dangerous variety, it can still cause serious health problems. Residents may have worsened allergies, asthma and even respiratory infections. Individuals may also get rashes that won’t go away.

The longer the exposure, the more severe the effects, so early identification is crucial. If you suspect this fungus, you should immediately contact professionals. In addition to remediation, you’ll need to locate and fix the source of moisture or risk developing the same issue again.

Water Bill Increases

Are you conscientious of water usage, but your monthly bill is still sky-high? The issue may be a leak.

Unfortunately, water meters can’t tell what you’re using the water for — only how much you use. That means a dripping faucet counts toward your bill even though that water goes to waste.

As a result, it’s essential to check your plumbing regularly. The following are some of the most common household leaks:

  • Sinks
  • Appliance line
  • Shower hose

Toilets are another common culprit, though their water waste looks slightly different. Instead of dripping, toilets may have issues with the flapper, tank cap, float cup or flapper valve, leading to continuous flushing. 

If you can’t find the source of your wasted water, it’s essential to contact a plumber. Professionals know where to look for hidden leaks, saving you hours of investigation.

Puddles and Wet Spots

In extreme cases, you may actually come across recurring wet spots. If puddles keep appearing, there’s probably a leak nearby.

Damaged appliances are a common cause:

  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Air conditioners
  • Hot water tanks

You may also find water around the base of your toilet if there’s a problem with the wax ring. Foul odours often accompany this issue, as the floor flange leads to the sewer line.

Exterior hoses and faucets are also vulnerable to leaks, as exposure to extreme temperatures and ultraviolet radiation can corrode materials. Is there a perpetual wet spot under the spigot? You should get it inspected immediately, as moisture can threaten the foundations.

Water Damage and Stains

Water damage can appear on walls, ceilings and floors. Sometimes it appears as yellow or brown discolouration, called stains. Typically, these have an amorphous shape, with colour concentrated around the edges.

However, water damage can manifest in other ways:

  • Bowed or sagging ceilings
  • Flaking, bubbling or peeling paint
  • Spiderwebbed or hairline cracks

You may also notice softened or damp drywall, a tell-tale sign that something is wrong beneath the surface.

As a homeowner, you never know when you’ll encounter a leak, so it’s a good idea to find skilled plumbers for emergency plumbing repair and maintenance before you need those services. Handyman Connection is happy to be your plumber of choice, whether you need repairs or renovations. We can assist with other home projects, such as flooring and electrical installation. To request a no-cost estimate, call or submit our online form.

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