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If you do not notice it, chances are that a hidden water leak in your bathroom could end up costing you a great deal of money. It might do serious damage to your paint, flooring, and your walls. That is why we have come up with a number of signs of a hidden plumbing leak that you should be aware of. These signs might help you take care of an issue before it gets too bad.
Sign #1 – Smell
You might notice a distinct odor from old, accumulated water from a leaky pipe. If you notice that there is a musty or earthy smell, even after you thoroughly clean your bathroom, it might mean that you have a leak somewhere. There is no chance for the water to dry, because it remains hidden.
Sign #2 – Stains on ceilings
If you have a second-floor bathroom, chances are that the ceiling in the room directly beneath the bathroom might show signs of water damage or other stains. However, it might be possible to find stains farther away, because water can travel a long distance. You might have a water leak if you notice dark, copper, or brown stains.
Sign #3 – Damaged flooring
A bathroom floor is rarely going to suffer water damage unless you really let water sit on it. Or, if there is a leak on the floor. If you notice your bathroom is staining, cracking, or buckling for no real reason, chances are that it might be because of hidden water. The water could have traveled there from another area or be there because of a pipe directly underneath the floor.
Sign #4 – Damaged walls
You might have a plumbing leak in your bathroom if you have a wall that is stained or warped for no reason. If the drywall is exposed to moisture, it begins to bubble, the drywall becomes soft. If the leak reaches the ceiling, it might leak and begin to sag.
Sign #5 – Mildew or mold
It does not matter how good you clean your bathroom, how often you do it, mildew, or mold may spring up with a hidden water leak. The pipes (traditionally hidden under the flooring or in a wall) are the perfect place for mildew or mold to spring up if the pipe has a problem. While a little bit of mildew might be normal, mold or mildew in corners of the bathroom or on non-shower walls might be a clear indicator that you have a problem with water leakage.
Know the difference
If you do notice that your home is struggling with one of the different signs of a hidden leak, it is a good idea to call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services as quickly as possible. They will be able to determine whether these are isolated incidents, or whether this is an actual issue that requires some serious professional attention.