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The Maynard Man Shares: How to Spot a Plumbing Leak

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There is one plumbing problem that can happen in your home any time of the year, and that’s a leak. Leaks can be pretty sneaky–surprising homeowners and not making themselves apparent until severe damage has already occurred to your plumbing system and property.

Fortunately, The Maynard Man is here to help. While you’ll want to call us for professional leak detection if you suspect a leak, there are some things you can watch and listen for to help you determine if there is a leak happening. Read on to learn more.

Take a Look at Your Water Bills

If you don’t normally scrutinize your water bills, it may be time to if you suspect a leak! Especially if those monthly bills have been increasing. This probably is not some sinister plot from your municipal water district–a more likely culprit is that you’re dealing with a leak or even a series of leaks.

Essentially, water can be escaping from somewhere it isn’t supposed to be.

Check for Decreased Water Pressure

Whether you see this first occur at your kitchen sink faucet or when you go to take your shower in the morning, a drop in water pressure is never a good sign. Unless your municipal water plan already informed you that they’d be working on the main water line and as a result, there’d be a decline in water pressure, this means something is amiss with your plumbing system.

A slow decline in water pressure may mean that something is building up in the main water line and clogging it up, like mineral deposits from hard water. A sudden drop in water pressure, though, means there has been a pipe rupture somewhere that requires immediate attention.

Listen for Running Water

First, turn off all your faucets and plumbing appliances. Now, listen. Do you hear running water? If you don’ know the source, it’s a good sign that what you’re actually hearing is a leak. Whether this leak is behind drywall or beneath the slab foundation of your home, it can be bad news. The best thing to do is to give our team a call right away!

Smell of Mold or Mildew

Does it smell musty in your home? This is never a good sign! It could be an indication that the humidity is too high in your home, encouraging the growth of mold. If your relative humidity level is between 30-50%, however, that’s a good range, and shouldn’t lead to this problem.

An alternative result is that you have a leak.

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