It's A Sign: How To Indentify An Underground Water Leak

There's nothing worse than having a problem with your home, but not being able to see it. Unfortunately, that's what can happen when you have an underground pipe that's decided to leak. When you have a leaky faucet, you look for the drips. When you have a leaky toilet, you listen for the sound of running water. But, you don't always get those signs when an underground pipe is leaking. That's when you need to watch for other signs. If you suspect that one of your underground pipes has sprung a leak, go beyond the drips and the sounds. Here are four signs that point to a leaky underground pipe. If you're facing any of these situations in your home, it's time to call a plumber. Underground leak detection can pinpoint the problem for you. 

Water Bill Increased During Vacation

If you recently returned from an extended vacation to find that your water bill had dramatically increased while you were away, there could be a leak. Even if you had your automatic sprinklers running while you were away, your water bill shouldn't have increased while you were away. To get to the root of the problem, make sure you don't have a leaky underground pipe. 

Foundation Cracks Appear Moist

If an underground pipe on your property is leaking, you may see some evidence of the leak around cracks in the foundation. Moisture will come up through the cracks. When it does, you may experience some moss or algae growth in those areas. You may also notice that the foundation cracks crumble when you apply pressure to them. That's a sign that the excess moisture is causing your concrete to decay. This is a serious situation. Have a plumber come out and locate the underground leaks. 

Bubbles Under Vinyl Flooring

If you've noticed some changes in the vinyl flooring in your home, it's time to take a closer look. This is especially important if the flooring has developed some bubbling. Bubbling is a sign that the vinyl is separating from the floor, which can happen when the adhesive is compromised. If you have leaky underground pipes, the moisture can come up through the concrete. When that happens, vinyl flooring can bubble. If you see that happening in your home, contact a plumber as soon as possible. 

Carpeting Has Musty Odor

If your carpeting is smelling musty and foul, give it a good cleaning. If the odors return, you need to schedule leak detection services with a plumber. As stated earlier, leaky pipes can cause moisture to come up through the concrete. If the leak is under a carpeted area of your home, the moisture can cause mold growth in the fibers. If that's happened, you'll need plumbing repairs right away.

For further tips on water leak detection, reach out to a local plumber.

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When you need to get ready in a hurry or clean the bathroom before friends come over, nothing is more frustrating than a clogged toilet or shower. In addition to gumming up the works, plumbing messes can also be smelly and damage surrounding structures. After all, how will your crown molding hold up against three inches of standing water? I have dealt with hundreds of plumbing issues over the years, and I want to help you to resolve problems before they turn into nightmares. My blog can help you to troubleshoot plumbing problems quickly and efficiently so that you can avoid issues.