Water stains or discolored areas in your walls or ceilings are an emergency. They show that there is a leak in your wall or attic. Handle this immediately, as it could leave you with expensive water damage. In our next couple of posts, we’ll share some of the things to look for, some of the causes, and how you should respond.
SIGNS OF A LEAK
The vast majority of your plumbing system is hidden. It’s in walls, behind cabinets, in the attic, or underground. Sometimes when a leak develops, you may not even realize it for weeks or months. If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s critical to check them out immediately.
- Stains or bubbling in drywall: This is usually the first thing you will notice. If drywall is discolored or bulging in places, contact a plumber to check for leaks.
- Mold: If you start seeing mold, that’s a sign of excess water. Water behind a wall in a closet will show up as mold. You can also identify mold by a musty smell. Get it checked out.
- Warm spots: Even if you can’t see a stain, water behind the wall can cause places on the wall to be warmer than others.
- Running water: More specifically, the sound of running water. Do you hear trickling or dripping where you shouldn’t? That’s a sure sign of a leak.
- High water bills: As with any bills, pay attention to how much your water bill is. If it’s noticeably higher than normal for no apparent reason, a leak could be to blame. You could even check your water meter to see if water is being used without your knowledge. Turn the water off for a couple hours, then check to see if the reading has changed.