If your home has a water leak, in an ideal situation you would be able to tell rather quickly. Water leaks and water damage of any kind need to be addressed as soon as possible in order to remedy them appropriately; if they are not fixed quickly, you could risk compromising your floors, walls, and ceilings, or experience a large, dangerous mold infestation. Here is how to tell if your home has a water leak.
If there is frequent pooling or puddling of water anywhere in your home that is continuously occurring, you might have a leak of some kind. If it is around your washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, or another commonly used appliance, the leaking could be from internal or external causes. It could be a simple, inexpensive fix like a new dishwasher door seal, or a costly one like a brand new water heater. Regardless, your appliance is not working as it should and will need to be repaired.
If you look up at your ceiling anywhere in your home and you see a wet water spot that you know is below a toilet or bathtub, that is a red flag of not a minor leak, but a major safety risk to you or members of your family. For more reasons than one, you do not want to have an unsafe, unsound area of ceiling over your head that could collapse at any point. If there is a heavy object as well, you have now greatly increased your risk of sustaining serious injury if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The same goes for saturated spots on your walls; they could be indicative of a pipe leak or burst that can weaken your home’s structure if it occurs near studs. It is also be the optimal environment for mold to thrive. Mold is a dangerous health hazard that you should avoid breathing in for any extended period of time, and a dark, warm, moist environment will only contribute to the spread of mold.
If you have unusually high water bills that do not correspond with your bill history or match how much water your family actually uses, then you may have a leak somewhere in your home. If there are no other obvious signs of a leak, pay attention to your fixtures and appliances, and consider calling in a professional plumber to be ahead of a costly fix.
If a leak somewhere in your home has created significant water damage, your local, expert team at Restoration 1 of Durham-Raleigh is just a phone call away. Call us today at 919-372-4752 . We serve Durham, NC and the surrounding area and are available 24/7 for service.
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