One plumbing leak can lead to serious damage in your home. Water is not known to be compatible with furniture, man-made structures, and other household materials. It is possible to quickly fix obvious leaks, which can limit the damage potential. Hidden leaks are more costly.

These are five signs you might have a leaky pipe in your house. You should identify any leaks immediately to avoid damage and minimize the potential cost of repairs.

Water charges

You may have spent all summer trying to cut your water consumption, but a leaky pipe could have undone all of that hard work. Water bills are expected to rise as you use more water. It is important to be aware of higher bills than normal as this could indicate a leaky plumbing system.

Meter Madness

After you shut off the water supply, a water meter shouldn’t continue to operate. Shut off the water supply to your home and mains every other day. You can take a reading and then return an hour later to verify the result. It is usually a sign of a leak if the meter is still reading and you have not used any water.

Mold and Mildew

Bathrooms and kitchens will have some mold. If you see mold on non-shower walls or ceilings it could indicate that there is a leak. This is important because water damage to walls and ceilings and health issues can result.

Bad Odors

A leak that has caused standing water to build up can often cause musty odors. If there is a sewer or toilet leak, you may notice unpleasant odors. If you suspect that sewer gases may be a danger to your health, call your local Long Beach Plumber immediately.

Water Damage

Water damage and staining are signs that there is either condensation or a leak inside your home. You should call a professional Long Beach Plumber if you are unable to access the pipes in the area that has been damaged. This will protect your home’s structures from further damage.