How to Tell if Your Salt Lake Home Has A Water Leak
A leaking water pipe can go undetected for an extended period of time, slowly causing damage to your Salt Lake City home. Because water pipes are hidden behind walls and beneath floors, a slow leak is not easy to detect and there are usually no warning signs early on that will help identify the source of your leak. The good news is that leaks can be stopped early, and there are things you can do to help identify leaks soon after they begin. It’s a good idea to check these things regularly or when you suspect you might have a water leak.
Check for Moisture Under Sinks
Under no circumstances is it normal to have water present under your sinks, but that doesn’t mean it’s not common. Check under the sink on a regular basis, looking for any standing water, staining, or condensation. Don’t pass over a wet spot that looks like it has dried, as this could be a sign of a very slow leak. Run water down the sink and check the seals where your pipes connect to ensure they are not leaking. Even a small leak should be repaired as soon as possible, as it’s almost always going to get worse and cause more damage.
Inspect Walls for Water Damage
It’s easy to check for leaks under the sink, but leaks from pipes in your walls are much more difficult to detect until damage is visible. In rooms that have excess moisture such as the bathroom, kitchen, mudroom or laundry room, take note of any soft spots in the drywall or brown staining on the walls or ceiling. It’s possible excess moisture from the shower or a leaking pipe has been absorbed by the drywall. Also check to ensure that the caulking around your bathtub and shower is completely sealed to prevent water from entering your walls. If your drywall is damp and damaged, it needs to be dried or replaced depending on the extent of the damage as soon as possible.
Other Methods for Confirming a Water Leak
If you suspect you have a water leak due to a decrease in water pressure or an increase in your utility bill, it’s possible that your leak is not causing damage, but it is certainly wasting water and should be repaired. Most often, the source of wasteful leaks are toilets that may run or have a slow leak that causes it to refill the tank periodically.
If you know where the water meter is located, you can check it to help determine if somewhere in your home water is running. Some meters will have a leak indicator, and others will have a basic dial. Mark the location of the dial and refrain from using water for at least 30 minutes. Check the meter again, and if the dial has moved it’s possible you have a leak.
Mold and Mildew From Water Leaks
Unfortunately, water leaks create the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Mold thrives in dark, damp environments, and if you have a slow leak mold is probably present. If you notice mold but don’t see a leak, don’t assume there is not a leak—the moisture had to come from somewhere. Hopefully you are able to stop leaks before mold develops, but that’s not always the case. Identify the source of the moisture and fix it. If you think you may have mold, consult with a mold remediation professional at Utah Flood. Utah Flood services Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. We are available 24/7 to handle your water damage emergencies. We will help ensure the mold is completely removed and will not return. This is especially true if the mold is in a hard to reach area.