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5 Signs You Have a Hidden Leak

If left untreated, hidden water leaks can prove to be very costly. Not only can they damage the room where the leak originated, but the water can also travel throughout the house, causing damage to other rooms as well.

To make sure you recognize the sometimes not-so-obvious signs of a hidden leak, here are some things to look for that can help you get a plumber on the case as soon as possible.

Mildew and Mold

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a leaky pipe or faucet can waste almost 260 gallons of water per month.

When a pipe that's hidden in a wall or under a floor starts to leak, the result can be a mold and mildew buildup in many different spots within a room. Floors, ceilings, and walls can become havens for mold and mildew, so if you suddenly notice this occurring, contact a plumber so that the hidden leak can be detected and repaired.

Damaged Flooring

Most common in bathrooms, a floor that is stained, has loose tiles, or feels like it bounces or moves when you walk on it more than likely is suffering from water damage.

This should be addressed as soon as possible, for if not the floor may buckle and eventually rot, causing even more problems

Strong Smells or Odors

A strong musty or earthy smell virtually guarantees a hidden leak is happening in your Franklin home. The smell occurs because the water has nowhere to go and is hidden within the walls, floors, or ceilings, where it never has a chance to dry.

Ceiling Stains

Happening most often in homes that contain a second-story bathroom, stained ceilings indicate water is leaking from the bathroom pipes and traveling throughout the house. Because water can travel long distances throughout a home's plumbing system, the leak can potentially cause problems throughout the house.

Wall Damage

Warped and stained walls in bathrooms or other rooms are a dead giveaway that a leak exists. If a leak is happening in drywall, it will become soft and then warp and break into pieces. When this happens, not only will you have a plumbing bill, but also one to fix the drywall.

While some of these signs are more obvious than others, making sure you know what to look for can let a plumber tackle a problem while it's still minor, rather than waiting until an emergency exists.

Don't be submerged by the water in your Franklin, IN home. Call Kellie Plumbing at (317) 738-2707 today, and get that water leak repaired now!