Leaks are usually one of the more obvious plumbing issues in your home. After all, if you find a pool of water on your bathroom floor, it’s clear you have a leak. But what about when it doesn’t cause a noticeable puddle?
Finding Plumbing Leaks Behind the Wall
Open a wall in your home and you’ll find dozens of pipes, each bringing water to your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. If even one springs a small leak, it can easily go unnoticed for weeks, if not months.
1. Musty Odors
Does just one room in your house suddenly have a strange, musty odor? Water sitting behind your wall can quickly lead to mold and mildew growth — both of which give off a distinct smell. While you’ll likely be able to smell it throughout the room, the scent should get stronger the closer you are to the source of the leak.
2. Peeling Paint
Moisture doesn’t just sit behind your walls, it slowly creeps forward and seeps into your drywall. Once it’s soaked into the drywall, it can easily cause paint or wallpaper to peel, bubble, and warp.
Peeling paint can also be caused by natural humidity within a room (like the bathroom) so to know if it’s from a leak, you should look for separation in the wallpaper along the seams.
3. Buckled Ceilings and Floors
In the most severe cases involving burst pipes and leaks that have been left unresolved for years, you may even notice warped ceilings and floors. This is because sheetrock that’s absorbed too much water can’t properly connect with the floor, wall, and ceiling of your house.