Water is one of the most destructive forces of nature. There's no doubt you've seen the destruction that water has caused by flooding in various areas of the country and world. And while rapid destruction can easily occur when there is significant flooding, a very small water leak can also cause a significant amount of structural damage and hazardous mold growth, especially in homes that are constructed mostly of timber. 

The hidden damage created by small water leaks often go unnoticed until the resultant problems are enormous. By the time the homeowner notices a water stain on the ceiling or wall, the structural integrity of the timber in the walls and flooring may already be significantly rotted and mold spores may be found throughout the entire home. 

Here are several warning signs of slow water leaks. 

Water Bill 

A sudden spike in your water bill can definitely be a concerning warning sign that you have a water leak somewhere in your home. If you notice a sudden significant increase on your water bill, call the water company and ask them if the reading was taken correctly. Perhaps there was an error made somewhere in the recording system. If the meter reading is correct, it's time to investigate the plumbing in your home to look for signs of a water leak. Should this occur, call a water leak detection company for assistance in locating water leaks. 

Water Pressure 

When there's a small leak somewhere in a home's plumbing system, it sometimes causes the water pressure to noticeably drop. The water inside your home's pipes is constantly under pressure. As soon as the pressure is released, which is what happens when a faucet is turned on, the water pressure in the system is reduced. If there's a constant opening, such as a crack or fissure in a pipe, the pressure within the plumbing system will be lower than normal. 

Condensation 

Condensation on walls or ceilings in your home can be a warning sign that there is too much moisture behind the sheetrock, which would likely be from a leak in the plumbing system, a bad roof, or a breech in the home's protective exterior. If you notice condensation on walls or ceilings where you know there are pipes, shut off the water immediately and hire a water leak detection service. Allowing the condensation to remain on the surfaces and continue to build up can lead to mold and mildew growth. 

Contact a service, like Arkansas Restoration Services Inc, for more help.

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