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Tips for Detecting Hard-to-Find Sneaky Leaks in Your Home

June 29th, 2021 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

Sneaky leaks are hard-to-find, which explains the name. These leaks are dangerous and can damage
your home if undetected and left unattended. In the United States, household leaks contribute to
around one trillion gallons of water wasted every year. That is equivalent to roughly 10,000 gallons
for every household. Imagine how much water will be saved if sneaky leaks are detected and fixed
right away.

Although plumbing leaks are common, they are not obvious or easy to find. However, you can
choose to enlist the help of leak detection experts. Having an idea of what signs or changes to watch
out for is also important.

Signs That Your House Has Sneaky Leaks

Soft or soggy spots on the floor

If you see areas with soft or soggy spots on your floor, you may have leaks somewhere in your
house. Water leaks cause such spots, especially if there are pipes or any plumbing fixtures near the
area. These damp spots weaken your floor, so if you leave them unattended for a long time, they can
damage your floor and even your house.

Foundation cracks

It is natural for homes to develop cracks after some time, but the minute new cracks start to show
up, you should be concerned and try to determine what caused them. It is vital to address
foundation cracks right away to protect your house from developing severe structural damage.
Undetected and unattended water leaks destabilize your home as it softens and washes away the
soil that supports the foundation.

Walls are discolored or stained

If your walls are discolored or have stains that weren’t there before, and if the wallpaper or paint is
peeling off even if it is new, you need to check for leaks in your home. Dark spots or circles on
ceilings and walls are one of the common signs of plumbing leaks.

In some cases, wall paint can develop bubbles without any reason. This problem is a result of
moisture that developed because of a plumbing leak.

A puddle of water appears outdoors, on the ground

While most of the signs of a sneaky leak appear indoors, you also have to check outdoors, particularly on the ground or in the grass. If puddles of water appear, this could be a sign of a water line leak. Be aware, though, that the spot where the puddles appear is not necessarily the area that is leaking. If you can immediately locate where the actual leak is, you can attend to it (or them) right away. 


Leaks are almost always possible if your water line has been in use for years. 

Mold and mildew that appear out of the blue 


Mold and mildew, like dark spots on ceilings and walls, are also common signs of pipe leaks and other plumbing problems. Mold and mildew both thrive on water, so the more leaks you have, the more they will spread around your home. 

Stale or damp-smelling water 


Leaks can cause your home to smell stale or damp because of all the water just sitting around. Water also attracts mold, bacteria, and other unhealthy elements that not only cause damage to your home but may also endanger your health and that of your loved ones’.

Unbelievably high water bill 


If your bill is exceptionally high, even if there hasn’t been any increase in your usage, you most likely have a leak or leaks in your plumbing. The typical consumption for a family of four should not go over 12,000 gallons. If yours does, unless your usage is significantly higher than before, you need to find that leak and put a stop to it. 

Other signs to watch out for 


Other sneaky leak signs you need to be aware of include low water pressure, discolored pipes, water rushing without reason, and dripping water.    

How to Detect Sneaky Leaks


Now that you know what the signs are, here are some tips on finding the sneaky leaks in your home. 

Always check your furniture and appliances


Do regular check-ups of your furniture and appliances such as kitchen cabinets, bathroom sink, bathtub fixtures, and showers. Look under the kitchen sink to see if there’s water, as well as under the dishwasher. A pool of water can signify the presence of a leak. 

Make sure all the faucets in and outside your home do not have water drips. 

If you have a laundry room or area, check for pooling water and other sneaky leak signs there, too.

Check and test your toilet

It’s easy to test your toilet and find out if you have plumbing problems. All you need is simple food coloring. 

Pour a few drops of food coloring into the water inside the toilet tank. Let it stay there for more or less 10 minutes and then check for any changes. If the water in the bowl turns colored, there is a leak in your plumbing. 

To ensure that you do not stain the bowl, flush the colored water right after performing the toilet check.

Check your garden for areas that are extraordinarily greener than the rest

Remember that your garden or backyard also needs attention, especially if you have water fixtures there. If you installed a faucet somewhere and see some areas where the grass grows faster and is greener than the rest, this can indicate a leak in your water line. 

Pay attention to and regularly check your shower door

You have two options for checking for leaks using your shower door. First, if your shower has curtains, check for standing water under it after you shower. If there is a puddle of water, you may want to look for a leak or leaks somewhere near the bathroom area. 

Your second option is to splash your shower door with water and then wait for around five minutes to check. If water comes out of the frame, you may have a leaking problem.

Monitor your water meter and bill

If there are unusual or unexplained changes or increases in your water meter and bill, go around your house and property and check for water leaks.

Knowing the signs and how to detect them is vital in helping prevent and correct plumbing leaks in your home. Hiring a leak detection specialist is also ideal, especially if you want to be sure you’re doing the right thing.


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