Plumbing 101: Ten Signs You Might Have a Water Leak


Plumbing leaks can spring up at anytime and affect any area of your home. Even if a leak seems small and insignificant, it can actually lead to substantial problems in the future. The following are 10 signs that may indicate a plumbing leak in your home. For more information about how to detect links, check out this article from Home Water Works.

1) Cracked foundation. Water leaks can create problems such as stress on the foundation and cracking.

2) High water bills. Watch your water bill each month and compare it to previous months. If the usage has not changed significantly yet your bill is above the norm, you could have a leak.

3) Hissing sounds from the toilet. Toilet leaks are one of the most common leaks found in homes. Often times the leaks are unnoticed because they are silent and out of sight. Larger leaks can be identified when the valve makes a hissing or gurgling sound when the toilet is not being used.

4) Constant sound of water flow. If you are hearing a continuous sound of water, such as a running toilet, when nothing is turned on there could be leak.

5) Wet spots on walls, ceilings, or floors. Leaks and excessive condensation can cause unsightly damage to your walls, ceilings and floors. Wet spots or discoloration in suspicious locations can all indicate water leaks if they suddenly appear.

6) Odors from drains or sewers. These foul odors are not typical and thus could signal plumbing leaks. Also, if a musty smell remains after cleaning areas where potential water leaks could occur, such as your bathroom, you could have a leak.

7) Issues with pool maintenance. A pinhole-size leak in a pool’s plumbing system can cause a loss of 970 gallons of water in a single day according to Home Water Works. To spot a leak before it becomes worse, you should keep an eye out for the following:  a loss of 1/8 inch or more water in a single day, the formation of algae soon after chemical treatment, loose tiles, pool deck cracks, pool shell cracks or constantly amp soil around the pool.

8) Leak indicator or change in water meter reading. When no water is being used inside or outside your house, check the leak indicator on your water meter to see if it is moving. If the dial is moving, it is likely that you have a leak. You can also take a meter reading. If the reading changes when you take it again 1 to 2 hours later, you are likely to have a leak.

9) Flush handle problems. If the toilet will not stop running without jiggling, the flush level bar and chain or the handle may be sticking. The nut that secures the bar into the toilet tank needs to be adjusted, or the handle may need to be replaced.

10) Mold or mildew on non-shower walls. Leaky pipes can develop mold and mildew. If you notice mold or mildew growing on a non-shower wall, a leaky pipe could be the culprit.

If you discover a leak in your home, contact a professional plumber immediately to repair the problem before it gets worse and more expensive. Our highly trained plumbers at Benjamin Franklin can detect leaks in faucets, sewers, slabs, toilets, small pipes, tubs, showers, major appliances, major pipes, and more. Our plumbers will also suggest efficient and low-cost repair options.

If you have additional questions about detecting or repairing plumbing leaks, do not hesitate to contact us today. We will be happy to discuss your options. You can also schedule an appointment, or inquire about any of our other plumbing services.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Twin Cities is the best in the business. Our plumbers have the necessary experience to guarantee your satisfaction with every plumbing repair job. The Punctual Plumbers strive to provide the highest level of competence, unsurpassed honesty, integrity, and consideration with every service call.

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One Response to “Plumbing 101: Ten Signs You Might Have a Water Leak”

  1. Drew

    Paying attention to the sounds that your pipes are making is so important. I know I sometimes overlook loud noises my house makes and draw it up as just my house being old, so as long as you are aware of the potential for a leak, you should be okay. Thanks for sharing.


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