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5 Tell-Tale Signs of a Leaking Pipe

by Bessie Beck

The earlier you can detect a leak in your home plumbing system and get it resolved, the less damage it is likely to do. Look out for the following five tell-tale signs of a leaking pipe and get in touch with a plumber to resolve the issue. 

1. Brown Stains

A small leak in a pipe might not immediately cause a flood. Instead, the small amount of water leaking from the pipe is absorbed by walls, ceilings and other structures, leading to discolouration. For apartment dwellers, a brown stain on or near the ceiling might indicate that the flat upstairs has a leak, which means you should notify the residents immediately.

2. Mould and Mildew

Mould and mildew thrive in moist environments. Sometimes, mould growth occurs due to condensation making the walls damp, but in other cases, it is a sign of a leaking pipe. Look out for mould developing on the walls or ceilings of your home. If you find any mould or mildew, you can clean it away with a diluted bleach solution, but you must also deal with any leaks to stop it from coming back.

3. Unusually High Water Bills

If the leaking pipe is located outside your home, it might not cause any damage to the property. However, the wastage of water is likely to result in your water bill being a lot higher than usual. Every time you receive a water bill, check it carefully to see whether the amount of water you use has suddenly increased.

4. Unpleasant Odours

Leaks in wastewater pipes can result in sewage trickling into your home. This typically has a very unpleasant odour, which is a bit like the smell of rotten eggs. Contact a plumber right away if you detect this odour in your home. Leaking waste pipes can be a health hazard, so it is important to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

5. Water Discolouration

Leaks often occur when a pipe is badly affected by rust or corrosion. This damage to the pipe can cause the water that flows from your taps to appear brown or reddish. On the other hand, short-term water discolouration can also result from water companies carrying out maintenance on the municipal water systems. If you have water discolouration that is persistent and does not affect your neighbours, call a plumber to find out whether you have a pipe that is about to start leaking.

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