Signs you have a pipe leak
You probably have a pipe leak if you notice the signs below:
- A spike in water bills. If you notice a significant increase in your water bill, and you haven’t used more water than you normally do, a leak could be the problem.
- Water pooling where it shouldn’t. Water puddles near a plumbing fixture (that you haven’t recently used) usually mean you have a pipe leak. If you see water puddling in your yard, you could have a leak in your water main or sewer line.
- Cracks in the foundation. When water leaks into your foundation, the moisture makes the concrete expand and eventually crack. If you start to notice cracks in your foundation that you don’t think are from old age, they could be caused by a leak.
- Water damage on ceilings and walls. If you start seeing brown water spots on your ceilings or walls, or if they start warping, sagging or bubbling from moisture, you probably have a leak.
- Warped or warm flooring. If you have a leak in your slab foundation, wood floors in your home may start to warp from the excess moisture. If the leak is coming from a hot water pipe, your wood, tile or linoleum flooring might start to feel warmer than normal.
- Mold and mildew spots. Mold and mildew grows in moist areas, so if you see mold spots on a wall that doesn’t normally get a lot of moisture, that’s usually a sign of a pipe leak.