During the long, cold winter months, you probably don’t give your underground plumbing system much thought. In fact, there’s a good probability that the ground is frozen for much of the winter in our area, which would make things a bit more difficult even if there were to be a problem. Well, now that spring has sprung, temperatures are on the rise and that means the ground is thawing out. As a result, spring is a great time of year to consider replacing your underground pipes.
Aside from the fact that you’re wasting water, a leaky pipe is an issue for a number of other reasons. Will your bills increase as result? Yes. Could you be incurring structural damage to your home? Yes. Could unwanted vegetation and other toxins like mold and fungi pop up? You better believe it.
For those reasons, it’s vital to address water leaks fast and it’s always best to call in the pros for help.
Well, since you haven’t paid them much mind throughout the winter, now is a good time to be on the lookout for leaky pipes. Here are a few key red flags you should be aware of:
Unreasonably high spikes on your water bill
Water spots or mold/mildew growth on walls or ceilings
Stains or sagging on walls, floors or ceilings
Unusual musty odors in or around the house
Noticeable rust or corrosion on exposed pipes or appliances
Discolored wallpaper or paint
Unexplained damp or excessive wet spots in the yard