Signs Your Home May Have a Water Issue | SERVPRO® of Allen
You’ve just settled in for the perfect quiet evening at home, when you hear it: an unfamiliar dripping sound.
You look to the kitchen; the sink is fine. Nothing is dripping in the bathroom or shower. You sneak around on padded feet until you finally come to realize the sound is…inside your wall? That can’t be good.
Unfortunately, it happens. And it’s just one of many worrisome indicators that you could have a water issue on your hands.
Around 14,000 Americans a day face a water damage emergency. It’s among both the most common and most costly repairs for homeowners.
So how can you catch a leak before it becomes a major emergency? Let’s walk through a few of the most common ways to catch a drip in the act:
Wet or dark spots in the ceiling. These indicate trouble above—if you’re on a top story of the house, it could be a leaky roof. If you’re on a lower floor, the first place to check is the bathroom above you.
Unusual or musty smells. If it suddenly smells like the back room of the comic book store, there’s probably some excess moisture gathering somewhere, and potentially mold as well.
Flaky or bubbly paint. Bubbling paint on your walls or ceiling could indicate a leak that’s causing issues underneath.
Dripping sounds. Follow that sound! If you suddenly hear a drip, search it out until you locate the source. A leaky roof could even produce a drip inside the cavities of your walls.
Increased utility bills. If there’s a sudden rise in your utility bill, it could be a simple toilet fix, but it could also be a sneaky leak somewhere. Check basements, crawlspaces and water heaters first.
You’re not alone. Water leaks in the United States waste an astonishing amount—up to a trillion gallons of water per year. The odds dictate that at some point you will have to deal with a water leak, but finding and dealing with it early will be key in determining whether it’s a small DIY fix or a full-blown home nightmare.
If you notice any of these signs in your home, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.