Do you suspect that your home has a water leak inside its walls? If you do, don’t hesitate to start working on a solution.
Whether you’re considering renovating your older house or you’re considering buying one, you need to familiarise yourself with water damage.
The most challenging factor about water damage is that unlike other typical home repair problems, water damage won’t set off any alarms, and you probably won’t hear or see the problem.
And by the time you catch on, you’re dealing with a nightmare that will not only cost you thousands of dollars but could also be dangerous.
Left undetected, water behind your walls can cause severe damage to your drywall and floor.
Besides, a water leak behind walls creates the perfect environment that rots wood, attracts pests like termites, and breeds mould.
What Causes Water Leaks Behind Walls?
Before you start looking for signs, you need to understand the cause of the water leak.
Typically, water leaks behind the walls are as a result of defective plumbing. However, the leaks could also be due to a leaky foundation or just rainwater dripping down inside the walls.
Other causes include:
- Hard water can also corrode your pipes creating a leak
- Frozen pipes could also burst and cause the leak
Often, when you have faulty plumbing behind your walls, it can be quite tough to detect trouble early.
Luckily, you can get ahead of the problem by looking out for the vital signs of a leak inside your walls. These signs include:
1. Musty Odours
When you have an undetected water leak, it means that water is slowly dripping from the leaky pipe behind your wall.
As a result, since the water doesn’t have a chance to dry, the floor as well as the drywall stay damp and start to emit a musty odour – an odour that smells like wet cardboard.
Therefore, pay close attention to musty smells in your home because you might end up sniffing out a hidden leak in your internal walls.
2. Water Puddles Near Your Walls
This is an easy one, just walk around the house and look for any signs of standing water near your walls.
If you haven’t cleaned you home recently, then check for a wet carpet or a standing puddle of water near the walls. This is a sign of a leak behind your walls.
#Tip – You’re most likely to find wet flooring in the bathroom or kitchen near the sink, dishwasher or washing machine.
3. Wall Discolouration
One of the best indicators of a leak behind your walls is when you notice discolouration on your walls. Often, you’ll see wet spots on your wall, followed by discolouration.
Besides, when mould grows due to a leak in the walls, they leave a stain that grows. Look for sections of your walls that have stains or the appearance of sweating.
4. Peeling Paint Or Wallpaper
In addition to stains on your walls, a leak behind the walls can cause paint and wallpaper to start peeling.
Since a majority of residential houses have water-based paints that don’t react well with water, when your walls come into contact with water regularly, the wallpaper and paint start to peel.
You can also check the walls for a change in texture to help you detect a leak behind the walls.
5. Unexplained Increase In Your Water Bill
Have you noticed an unexplained increase in your water bill recently?
If you have, then the chances are that there’s an undetected leak somewhere; It could be either outside your home or inside your walls, that’s causing the increase in your water bill.
Being proactive can help keep small plumbing issues become more manageable, so stay vigilant!
If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.
We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.
Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us here.