Orlando Plumber’s Guide: Signs of Hidden Water Leaks

Posted by Anthony Bracco

Water leaks can be costly and damaging. The worst leaks are those that are hidden in walls, floors, ceilings, or within the concrete slab foundation your home sits on. Plumbing problems are complex and difficult to diagnose, and to do so quickly requires experience and training. If you think that your home has a hidden water leak, it’s imperative to get it diagnoses and repaired as soon as possible. For comprehensive water leak repair, call a plumber in Orlando at Modern Plumbing Industries (MPI) today!

Here are a few things to look for if you suspect you might have a water leak:

  • Spike in water bill. If you notice a sudden increase in your water bill without a corresponding rise in water usage, then you may have a water leak. If the leak is hidden, this may be your only hint. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your water bill from month to month.
  • Decreased water pressure. Unlike your wastewater disposal system, your water supply system is highly pressurized and calibrated to provide the right amount of pressure to run your appliances and fixtures. When the pressure is too high, it can cause damage to your piping, but when too low, your faucets and fixtures will not operate properly. Backflow is the term for cross-contamination between the supply and wastewater systems, and it can be a risk when your supply water pressure drops very low.  
  • Discoloration. Sometimes leaks are so small and slow that they are virtually undetectable. This happens often with leakage around copper baseboard piping. Due to the heat of the pipes, the water evaporates almost instantly. Fortunately, such leaks will often leave a light green or white discoloration, especially if you have hard water. Elsewhere, if you notice discoloration in your ceiling or wall, that’s often a definitive sign that water is leaking behind your sheetrock.

Hidden water leaks are difficult to detect, and difficult to diagnose accurately. While the first step is in your hands, call your local Orlando plumber to have it repaired properly. Call Modern Plumbing Industries (MPI) today.

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