Fixing those leaky pipes could also save you from some serious spending. A leaky pipe may start out as a minor issue, but even a small, unnoticed drip can cause major damage to your home — and it doesn’t take very long.
If left untreated, water damage can rapidly spread. Your walls, floors, and ceiling are at risk. Electrical outlets can become serious shock hazards. Health problems become an issue thanks to moulding growth and exposure to contaminated water.
Here are the most common signs of leaking pipes
Ceiling Stains – Sloshing some water out of the bathtub and onto the floor won’t cause enough water seepage to damage your ceiling. The internal pipes that carry water to that second-floor bathroom, however, definitely can if they’re leaking along the way.
Rusty pipes, fuse boxes or appliances – Discoloration, stains, dimpling, and flaking are all signs that your pipes may be corroding. If you notice rust occurring around pipes, this is a clear indication of water damage. If you notice your fuse box is starting to rust or collect moisture, that’s another big red flag that water is running free inside your walls.
Damaged Flooring – Bathroom floors rarely suffer water damage unless there is a leak. However, if you notice your floor buckling, staining or cracking, hidden water may be the source.
Wet spots, spongy or soft flooring and loose tiles could all be signs of water damage. Whether the water came from a pipe underneath the floor or traveled there from another area, look into it as soon as possible before the current water damage causes a bigger issue.