Finding Plumbing Issues Early

3 Signs of Water Damage Every Homeowner Should Be Looking For

by Chris Bowman

Being a homeowner has a lot of responsibilities. If you are not careful, you can easily find yourself with massive problems because you weren't vigilant in keeping an eye on your house. One silent problem that many people have is flooding. Water damage can be significant damage to your home and can be hard to catch. This is why it is important for homeowners to know the signs that there is leaking water in their home that is causing flooding. Here are some things you should be looking for.

1. Rancid Smells of Mildew

Smell is a great way to detect whether there is a leak in the house. For example, if there is a slow leak in your sink, you may not be able to see the problem because it is under the sink, but you can definitely smell it. If you start to notice that there is a rancid smell, or if you smell mildew, you should start looking for any water leaking in the house.

In addition, if there is mold caused from a leak, you might not be able to fully smell it, but people in the house may start to show symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, breathing problems, watery and itchy eyes, and so forth.

2. A Higher Water Bill

If you have a broken pipe or have even a slow drip from one your appliances, you will most likely see this in your utility bill. Your water intake will be higher than it has been in the past. When your receive your utility bill each month, don't just pay it without looking at the meter reading for your water. If the water use looks similar to what it has been in months past, then you should be fine. But if you notice a jump, you should start looking at your appliances. They might be leaking and causing water damage in the home.

3. Rainstorms and Faulty Gutters

When your house was built, it was constructed so that it could drain away from the house. However, over time the gutters may not have done their job, meaning that even a simple rainstorm can cause your house to flood. This is especially true if you have a basement. You should be checking often during a rainstorm to make sure that there are no leaks in the home.

By looking for these signs often, you can protect your home from water damage. Talk to a company such as Allen Plumbing for more information.