2 Signs You Have A Water Leak Inside A Wall In Your House

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If you have noticed that your water bill is a little higher than usual, you may have already checked your fixtures and even your yard for signs of a leak. However, while you may not see a leak, there could be water coming from a broken pipe somewhere inside of a wall in your house. If you suspect that this scenario could be the case, look for the following signs.

1.  Paint or Wallpaper Starts to Look Wavy 

One sign for which you can look when trying to determine whether or not you have a hidden leak inside one of your walls is an area of paint or wallpaper that has taken on a wavy appearance. While this change in appearance is usually seen either in a corner or at the top or bottom of a wall, it could also be in the middle.

As water leaks from the pipe, the insulation absorbs it, and wood or drywall adjacent to it is constantly in contact with moisture. As a result, the structure stays wet and starts to weaken.

Not only can this constant moisture cause bowing of the wall, but it will also affect the paint or wallpaper on the surface. As a result, the covering will no longer securely adhere to the wall, and it will start to bubble up and take on the appearance of waves.

2.  Musty Odor That Becomes Stronger in Certain Areas of a Room

Another sign that you have a hidden leak inside a wall is a musty odor. As you walk around to investigate, the odor will start to become stronger as you approach its source.

Since the inside of the wall is enclosed, it stays dark and allows for minimal to no airflow. When the area becomes wet, it will stay wet. The dark and wet conditions will encourage the growth of mold and mildew within the walls.

At first, the odor may be faint. However, as the fungal growth spreads, the smell can become overwhelming, especially when you are next to the wall. Eventually, you may even start to see mold forcing its way through and coloring your walls a greenish-black color.

If the signs point to a water leak inside one of your walls, the problem will only get worse over time as the moisture breaks down its structural integrity as well as encourages mold growth. Contact a plumber who offers water leak detection services to have them find the source of the leak so that action can be taken to fix the issue.

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