Three Signs You May Have a Hidden Water Leak

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Pay attention to these three signs to catch water leaks before they do much damage.

A hidden water leak can become the source of a lot of frustration. Worst of all, you may not even know when you have one. Any water leak can do significant damage to your home. Hidden leaks become especially pernicious, because they tend to accomplish a lot of damage before discovery. To stay on top of leaks, pay attention to the following signs, and call Lantz's Lakeside Plumbing and AC for immediate repair.

Floor Damage

Wet spots are not the only floor-level indicator of a leak. If your floors begin to buckle, crack, or strain for no apparent reason, a hidden leak is the likely culprit. A burst pipe will especially create a lot of moisture underneath your house. Even if the ground absorbs the water, the moisture can create problems for the floors above.

Peeling Paint

If the hidden leak has occurred behind a wall, you’ll begin to notice damage to your paint or wallpaper. As moisture accumulates between the pipe and the wall, it will degrade the bond and cause either paint or wallpaper to peel.

Bad Smells

The telltale scent of mildew or mold should set off alarm bells for a hidden leak. These growths need moisture to develop, and a leaking pipe will supply plenty. Also, water itself will stink if left to stagnate. If you clean your home regularly, but still smell something foul, you may have a rank pool of water beneath your home.

These three signs serve as primary indicators of a hidden water leak. If you catch a leak quickly, you can get it repaired before much damage gets done. For this and any other service needs in Austin, TX, contact Lantz's Lakeside Plumbing and AC at (512) 267-1188.