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Does My Home Have a Leak I Can't See?

water spot on wall from hidden leak

When most people think of water leaks in their homes, they picture a dripping faucet that won’t seem to turn all the way off. The problem is that some water leaks don’t happen where you can see them. Furthermore, hidden leaks can create a big issue if you don’t catch them in the early stages.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the nation wastes 1 trillion gallons of water each year. In addition to increasing your bills due to wasted water, a hidden leak can cost you lots of money in water damage and restoration services. It’s essential to learn how to spot the signs of a hidden leak so that you can stop them before they have a chance to worsen.


Large Water Bills

The first sign of a water leak you can’t see is an unusually high water bill. Depending on the amount of time you have spent at your home, you should know approximately how much you spend on water each month. While your water usage will probably rise somewhat during summer, you may want to compare the current year’s bills to the year before for any unusual increases.

Weaker Water Pressure

If your water pressure doesn’t seem as strong as it used to be, it might not be your imagination. A leak in one of your pipes can reduce water pressure to other plumbing fixtures such as your showerhead or sink faucets.

Stains or Bubbling On Walls

Your walls can give you an early warning if your plumbing system is leaking, so don’t overlook anything that seems out of place. In many cases, you will spot bubbling, dark spots, or brown, ringlike stains on your ceiling or walls if a leak is present behind them.

Mildew and Mold

Mold can become an issue in rooms with too much humidity and not enough ventilation, such as bathrooms and kitchens. However, mold and mildew can also grow and become visible due to unseen leaks behind walls. Bottom line: if you see this growth or smell it in your home, don’t wait to investigate for a hidden leak.


Our team at Michael's Plumbing Service is ready to solve your plumbing issues and put your worries to rest. We have the training and experience to do the job right the first time, and you will be thrilled when you see the results we offer. We care about your plumbing system as much as you do and pay attention to all the details along the way. Contact our caring team to schedule your free inspection: (615) 645-2322!

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