Is your water bill on the rise? 5 things to look for if you suspect a water leak.

The smallest of leaks can make a significant impact on your water bill if left unnoticed.

Often the small leaks are the ones that cause the most damage, as they go unnoticed for the longest!

So if your water bill is creeping up, how do you know what to look for to find the leak?

5 things to look for if you suspect a water leak:

  1. Noisy plumbing. If you hear unusual noises when you turn taps on or random rushing noises, this may be a sign that there is a leaking pipe or air in the lines.
  2. A damp smell. If the leak is inside, the dampness may cause mould to grow. Some of this may be visible but some may also be behind walls or under carpets. A damp smell is a good indication that there is a water leak somewhere in the home.
  3. Wet spots or stained walls. Water puddles or soggy carpets are a strong indication of a leak. Damaged walls pose a serious problem as the dry wall can start to become soft and may eventually crumble.
  4. Patches of lush grass. If you have noticed that certain areas of your lawn are significantly thicker or greener than the rest then you may be experiencing an underground leak.
  5. Damaged paint or wallpaper. If paint is chipping off the walls or wallpaper is peeling this is a sign that moisture is getting trapped between the wall and the paper/paint.

The best way to avoid leaks is to make sure pipes and plumbing is professionally installed. However leaks can occur from plumbing pipes and fixtures in old homes, new homes, inside, outside and even under the floor or in the roof.

By having your plumbing looked over every once in a while by a qualified plumber, you should be able to steer clear of any plumbing problems and address any minor ones sooner rather than later.

If you suspect a leak the best advice is to call a plumber straight away to address the issue before it turns into a plumbing disaster!