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How To Detect Plumbing Leaks In Your House

Plumbing leaks always seem to happen at the wrong time, like right before a holiday or maybe before you are headed out of town. Oftentimes there are warning signs of hidden plumbing leaks in your home. Below we have listed some of those warning signs so you may enjoy your holiday or vacation. And remember, Roto-Rooter’s professional plumbers deliver fast, dependable service around the clock.

Signs of a water faucet leak:

  • Drips: Hear or see signs of drips? A leak is probably nearby. While you may think you would notice a constant drip, there are some rooms in your house you may not frequent as often. Listen closely in frequently used rooms and regularly check in on rooms you don’t use as much to uncover possible hidden plumbing leaks.

  • Rust or water puddles: These two issues can show up commonly at the base of your faucets, around drains in sinks, tubs or showers and on the floor below a faucet. Act fast if you notice the reddish rust color or even small puddle nearby.

  • Higher than usual water bill: Unexplained spikes in your water bill usually indicate that a leak or some other type of plumbing problem has happened. Check around your house for signs of a leak and call your Roto-Rooter plumber.

  • Squeaky faucets: Do your faucets make a squeaking noise whenever you turn the taps on or off? Are they difficult to turn on and off completely? This may be a sign of a bigger problem!

  • Moldy or rotten food smell: Sometimes, you smell the effects of a leak before you see or hear anything. Yes, that moldy, rotten food smell could be due to a leak! Get it checked out immediately.

Signs of a leaking toilet:

  • Noises: If you hear bubbling noises or groaning sounds coming from the pipes behind or beneath the toilet, chances are you have a plumbing leak.

  • Mysterious water on the bathroom floor: It could be a small amount far away from the bowl or right where the toilet meets the floor or wall. Small amounts of water from leaky toilets can run down the grooves between floor tiles or get soaked up by a rug. You can miss the early stages of a plumbing problem this way.

  • Uneven floor: Homeowners sometimes notice an uneven floor or tiles coming up around the toilet—only to find a slow leak has been happening.

  • Moldy or sewer gas smells: While your bathroom may not always be pleasant smelling, an extreme odor such as sewer gas or a moldy smell may indicate a more serious issue.

Signs that your hot water heater is leaking:

  • Small puddles or excess moisture near the water heater tank.

  • Raised floor tiles or uneven flooring near the base of the water heater.

  • Noises such as dripping water coming from the water heater.

  • Lack of hot water or a restricted supply.

Signs of a leaking washing machine hose:

  • A musty smell in the laundry room.

  • Small pools of water behind or near the washing machine.

  • Rusted or loose hose connections.

  • Cracked or bulging hoses.

Hidden plumbing leaks can happen, but being able to detect them in a fast and efficient manner is key. Be sure to call your local Roto-Rooter to fix any plumbing leaks or if you are in need of our water damage restoration services.

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