Some water leaks you just can’t miss. If a wet, soppy ceiling suddenly splatters to the floor, or a huge puddle grows in an unexpected place in your house, it’s crystal clear you’ve got a water leak. But not all water leaks lead to imminent disaster and some are slow, sneaky, and not obvious at all.
Check out these unexpected signs that there may be a water leak in your home.
Loose, Warped, or Buckled Flooring
Although this symptom may be found anywhere in the home or basement, it’s most commonly seen around showers. Loose floor tiles or curling linoleum in the area can be an indication that water is leaking from the shower pan, slowly warping the underlying floorboards. Just check the seal on your shower door first to make sure the problem isn’t due to water seeping out during use and left to stand.
Mold doesn’t need a lot of water, but it does need a relatively consistent source of H2O to grow. Black mold growing in a place that should otherwise be dry is an indication that water is available where it shouldn’t be.
An area of peeling paint or wallpaper in a room where everything other wall looks fine may be a sign of a hidden plumbing leak. Sheetrock tends to absorb water. In the process, it becomes warped, mushy, and loses shape, thus puckering whatever lies upon it.
A good indication of a roof leak is a stain on an upper floor ceiling that grows a new ring after a heavy rain. Similarly, those brown or copper-colored stains on wallboard or ceiling deeper in the house may indicate an old, slow, or intermittent leak. A new behind-the-wall leak may manifest as a discolored “oil-spot” kind of stain.
Homeowners with sensitive noses can sometimes detect moldy smells in an area even before there are more obvious signs of leak damage. For pinpoint copper pipe leaks behind the wall, it can take a long time before the ceiling or wallboard warps or takes on a stain. Yet the presence of moisture in a dank and closed space is perfect for the growth of mold.
Undetected leaks, if left untreated, can do a lot of damage to the fundamental structures of your home. If you suspect there might be a leak that needs fixing, never hesitate to call your trusted plumber.