A leaky pipe is always a big problem in any home. Not only does it waste water and lead to higher utility bills, but it can do thousands of dollars worth of damage if it goes unchecked. Being able to see a leaky pipe is a small mercy, but sometimes leaky pipes can be located inside of a wall. These are particularly troublesome since they can go undetected for weeks or even months, and you might never know until the damage has been done.
If you suspect you have a leak somewhere in your house and you cannot find out where it is, it could be within your wall. Fortunately, there are ways to detect this leak before you need to replace your drywall along with your plumbing.
A Higher Water Bill
One surefire way of knowing if you have a leak anywhere in your house is by looking at your water bill. If you haven’t been running your water any more than you usually do yet you find that you’re spending a lot of money on water, you might have a leak somewhere in your home.
Looking for Moisture Within Your Walls
A wall that is hiding a leaky pipe might not be visibly moist, but you should still be able to detect some moisture if you run your hand across it. If you have a particularly bad leak, the wall might even have a spongy feel if you push into it. You might also see some peeling paint or curling vinyl if the leak is located someplace with a vinyl floor.
Black mold grows in moist conditions, so it will almost certainly thrive if you have a serious leak in your home. Black mold is easy to spot; simply look for black spots in your walls and ceilings. It does pose a health risk though, and it can be very difficult to remove. Overall, it’s best to stop a leak before you develop a mold problem.
Water Stains on the Walls
In addition to black mold and walls that are spongy to the touch, you might also notice water stains if you have a leak. Water stains can appear on wood just as easily as drywall, and they can be just as difficult to repair as a rotting piece of drywall.
Repairing an Invisible Leaky Pipe
Repairing a leaky pipe that is located in your walls isn’t really any different from repairing any leaky pipe. The only real trick is actually reaching the pipe. If the offending pipe is behind a piece of drywall, you can use a stud finder and drywall saw to cut away the damaged wall to access the pipe. After that, it’s a simple matter of replacing the leaking pipe before it can do any more damage.
By far the biggest problem with a leaky pipe in your walls is the damage it can do to your home. It may be difficult to find the leak since you cannot see it, but once you know you have a problem you should fix it as quickly as possible.
If you notice any leaky pipes in your home, don’t hesitate to call in the Pittsburgh plumbing experts at Mister Sewer. With over 25 years of experience solving plumbing problems throughout the Pittsburgh area, the team at Mister Sewer can help you keep your home’s pipes in working order without the hassle, headache or hefty cost. Call Mister Sewer today for all your sewer line replacement and general plumbing needs, and we’ll make sure the job gets done right the first time around!