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Is Your House Hiding Major Plumbing Issues? Look for These 10 Silent Signs

Plumbing issues can be a headache, but sometimes they can be fixed ahead of time if they are caught quickly and repaired before they get out of hand and turn into a major job.

Below I've listed 10 things to watch out for in your home or cottage.

1.     Discolored Pipes: If you notice any discoloration on your pipes, especially around a union, it’s a strong sign that there’s moisture present. This may be caused by dripping from a sink or drain line, or something more serious, such as a slow leak in the supply line. Plumbing supply lines are pressurized, which means that a slow leak has the potential to turn into a big mess fast!

2. Sewer Odour: If you smell sewer gas in your home, that means either a trap has run dry or a vent line has cracked. A dry trap can be fixed as easily as refilling it with water, or you may need to examine it for signs of the leak. Tracking down a cracked sewer vent can be much more difficult, as they are often enclosed in a wall, and will require a bit of drywall surgery in order to find and repair.

2. Weak Water Flow in Multiple Locations: A slow stream or low water pressure indicates an issue in distribution. If it’s only occurring at one location, it’s usually an issue in the faucet aerator— which is usually an easy fix. But if the water pressure is low in several spots around your home, that’s the sign of a bigger problem. In that case, you’re looking for a problem at the water main, in the hot water heater, or (worst case) an active leak in the supply line.

3. Bubbling Wall or Ceiling Paint: Bubbling wall paint is often caused by moisture behind the wall. This could be due to a leaky pipe or drain line. If you notice bubbling paint on your walls, it’s important to investigate the cause before it leads to more serious damage.

4. Mold and Mildew: Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments. If you notice mold or mildew growing on your walls or ceilings, it could be due to a leaky pipe or drain line. It’s important to address this issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage and potential health hazards.

Stains on Ceilings and Walls: Stains on ceilings and walls are often caused by water leaks. If you notice any stains on your ceilings or walls, it’s important to investigate the cause before it leads to more serious damage.

Cracks in Foundation: Cracks in your home’s foundation can be caused by shifting soil or water damage. If you notice any cracks in your foundation, it’s important to contact someone that specializes in basement repairs.

Sagging Floors or Ceilings: Sagging floors and ceilings can be caused by water damage from leaking pipes or drains. If you notice any sagging floors in your home, it’s important get it looked at by reputable contractor and they can tell you what the cause is and how it can be repaired.

Increased Water Bills: An unexplained increase in your water bill could be due to a hidden water leak. We get a lot of calls from people with this exact problem. Finding a leaky faucet or running toilet in a basement washroom that rarely get used can be very costly. They can go for weeks unnoticed.

Unexplained Wet Spots: If you notice any unexplained wet spots on your floors or walls, or even coming out from under your cupboards it could be due to a hidden water leak. Dishwashers are guilty of this and can cause a lot of damage before you even notice it.

By being aware of these silent signs of major plumbing issues, you can take action before they lead to more serious damage.


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