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Telltale Signs of a Water Leak

Telltale Signs of a Water Leak

  • Plumbing
Leak detection services in Lake Zurich, IL done by Lake Cook Plumbing

The plumbing that makes up your home is a complex system, and sometimes things can go wrong. If you don’t realize there’s a water leak in your home, it can cause some major damage to your home and your bank account. At Lake Cook Plumbing, we know that water damage is a serious issue and want to help you know what to look for to detect a leak. What sort of damage can leaks cause, you ask? Read on to find out!


Here’s a list of just some of the things water leaks can cause.


Mold and mildew

A big sign that water is leaking in your home is the growth of mold and mildew. Both of these things tend to grow in areas with high moisture and can cause health problems for the household.


Damaged paint and wallpaper

It’s possible for leaks to happen inside of your walls. If that happens, paint can peel or warp, and wallpaper can crack or become discolored.


Stained walls and ceilings

If there’s a leak in your roof, stains may form on your walls and ceilings. The color may be able to tell you what caused the leak. Dark brown or copper stains tend to be caused by leaking pipes.


Musty Odors

Mold and mildew have a very distinct scent. If you smell a musty smell that isn’t normally there from older folks living there, it might be a sign of a leak, and you should call a plumber as soon as you can.


Warped wood

Any kind of water leak is very harmful to wood and can cause it to warp. The damage may be subtle, but it’s a good idea to check the wood in your house for curved planks, uneven surfaces, and slight discoloration. Warping can also affect the doors in your home, making it hard to open or close them.



Does it look like the walls are sweating? That’s condensation, and it’s a sign that there’s a lot of moisture accumulating behind the wall.


Damaged flooring

Leaks can damage flooring other than just wood. Be aware of warped floors, stains, soft areas, loose or cracking tiles, peeling caulk, and damp carpets.


Damaged roof shingles

If your roof is leaking, the simplest way to find it is to check the shingles. If they’re bald, buckling, curling, or missing altogether, it’s likely a sign of a leak.


Cracked garage floor

Leaks in your home can also occur underground. If you notice cracks in your garage floor, an underground waterline may be leaking. Broken pipes beneath your home may also cause soil erosion, causing parts of the house to settle at a lower level.


Warm and damp floors

Damp floors can indicate a plumbing or foundation leak. However, if the dampness is also warm, the problem may be with your water heater. If your water heater isn’t the problem, you might have a sewer line leak. Hot water leaks are a bigger problem since mold grows better with hot water.


Why is Lake Cook Plumbing the best choice for water leak repairs?

Serving the Lake County area since 1954, Lake Cook Plumbing builds, repairs, and maintains top-quality plumbing systems. Our commitment to superior quality and the latest technology allows us to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied. We’re able to work around your schedule and provide upfront pricing to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises. If you have a problem with your plumbing, call Lake Cook Plumbing today!

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