In our homes, water is essential as long as it is contained in pipes, sinks, tubs, or appropriate appliances, like dishwashers. It can quickly damage the structure and furnishings of a home if water gets into places it shouldn’t. It is fairly common for houses to have plumbing leaks, even newer ones; every house is likely to have at least one. A leak may not always be evident; it might be insidious, making it essential to find and fix it as quickly as possible.
Examine appliances and fixtures
You should check the cabinets under the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom sinks to confirm there is no leak inside your home if the water meter test indicates so. You should also inspect the tubs, toilets, shower bases, and underneath the water heater, dishwasher, and clothes washer for puddles. You should call a plumber immediately if there are any puddles near the appliance or fixture and turn off the water supply valve to that appliance or fixture.
Be aware of leaks
A supply line leak under your sink can be easily detected if a fitting rupture and water are spraying out, but some leaks are much more subtle. A wall can leak water slowly from pipe fittings within a wall without being noticed for a long time, eventually causing extensive structural damage to the wall. Even if you don’t leak at this time, according to a water meter test, there is always a possibility that one could develop at some point in the future.
A leaky pipe can cause damage to the structure of your home, so here are some signs you should look for:
Wall discoloration is the sign that the water is soaking into the walls from the backside of the drywall. It is common for water to leave yellowish or brownish stains on ceilings and walls after they have been wet.
Damaged paint or wallpaper:
This means that the paint or wallpaper is no longer adhering tightly to the wallboard because it is wet. Occasionally, suppose the water damage is extensive. In that case, you may also notice a bulge in the wallboard, which indicates the wallboard has to be replaced as the water has more extensively damaged it.
As you may know, some leaks are totally silent — for example, a leak that travels along a stud along the wall — but other leaks may give you a clue as to where the leak is located if you hear it.
Bad or Musty Odour
Mold can grow in humid environments over time as a result of a persistent leak. Sometimes, you may notice some black splotches on the outside of the wall. However, it is more than likely that mold will grow inside the wall, where you can’t see it, which is why a musty smell is a big warning sign.