Signs of Hidden Water Leaks in Your Home


A small undetected water leak in your home can cause serious issues if not identified in time. Below are some telltale signs that you could have a water leak.

High Water Bill

If your water bill suddenly increases, there is a good chance you have a leak somewhere in your home. Even a small leak can have a large impact on your bill. Check your water meter when no water is in use. If the dial is moving, you have a leak.

Drop in Water Pressure

When a pipe in your home has a leak, less water is able to flow through, resulting in reduced pressure. A sudden drop in water pressure when no other water is being used is likely due to a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

Strange Noises or Running Water Sounds

When you have a water leak, you may hear noises coming from your plumbing that can indicate a problem. If you hear water running when fixtures are turned off or any other strange noises like rattling or hissing in your pipes, it’s important to investigate the cause and have it resolved as soon as possible to limit damage.

Rusty Pipes

Many homes in Lancaster County have galvanized steel pipes for plumbing which will develop rust and corrode over time, leading to the potential for leaks. Signs of corrosion include discoloration, stains, flaking, or visible rust on exposed pipes. Replacing these pipes before a complete failure occurs will save you time and money in the long run.

Damaged Flooring, Ceilings or Walls

Are you noticing water stains, bubbling paint, peeling wallpaper, or buckling floors? All of these can be signs of a water leak. Generally, by the time you see this kind of damage, the leak has been occurring for some time and should be addressed immediately. Also, since water can travel from the source of the leak to areas throughout your home, the leak may not be located where the damage in occurring. If you see any of these signs, contact Haldeman Mechanical right away to investigate and resolve the problem.

Musty Smell

Do some rooms in your home smell musty even after cleaning? This can mean there is standing water somewhere. Be sure to carefully look for leaks inside cabinets and around fixtures.

Mold or Mildew

Wherever water accumulates, mold and mildew are sure to follow. If you see areas of mold or mildew, be sure to have them addressed. Left unchecked, mold can cause serious health issues as well as damage to wood, drywall and other materials. It is important to take action right away to prevent expensive damage to your home and protect your family’s health.

Think you might have a leak? Call Haldeman Mechanical to address the issue before it becomes a larger problem.