Signs of a Water Issue at Home | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
You’re finally sitting in your quiet living room curled up with that new e-book when you hear it—an unfamiliar drip.
It’s not the kitchen sink; you can see that from your couch. It’s not in the bathroom, either. Closer investigation reveals the source of the sound. It’s…inside your wall? That can’t be good.
Sounds strange, but it happens. And it’s just one of many unfortunate indicators that you could have a water issue in your home.
Around 14,000 Americans a day face a water damage emergency. It’s one of the most common and most costly repairs for home and property owners.
So how can you catch a water issue before it becomes a major repair need? Look for these key indicators of trouble:
Wet or dark spots in the ceiling. These are indicators of water leakage from above—a leaky roof if you’re in the top story of your home or likely a leaky bathroom if you’re in a lower floor.
Unusual or musty smells. If it suddenly smells like Grandma’s basement from the 70s, there’s probably some excess moisture gathering somewhere, and potentially mold as well.
Flaky or bubbly paint. Bubbles in your walls or ceiling could indicate that water is leaking in and causing paint to crack and flake.
Dripping sounds. If you hear dripping or running water where there wasn’t or shouldn’t be any, you should search out the sound to see if it leads to a leak.
Increased utility bills. If your water bill is suddenly much higher, it could be a simple toilet fix, but it could also be a leak in a less-than-obvious location. Check basements, crawlspaces and water heaters first.
You’re not alone. Water leaks in the United States alone waste up to a trillion—yes, a trillion—gallons of water per year. You’re highly likely to experience a water emergency at some point, but finding and dealing with it early will be a key factor in determining whether it’s a minor inconvenience or a full-blown home disaster.
If you notice any of these signs in your home, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.