Quick Fixes for Leaky Pipes
February 20, 2018

How to Identify Hidden Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks can lead to major damage if they’re not fixed promptly. Leaks aren’t always obvious, but if you suspect you have one, here are some steps you can take to locate it.

Inspect Your Ceiling, Walls, and Floors

To find a hidden leak, you should closely examine the ceiling, walls, and floors that are near a water source in your home. Any of the following could indicate you have a leak:

  • Cracked or warped flooring
  • Moist, spongy spots in the carpet
  • Water stains on the ceilings or walls directly beneath bathrooms
  • Unexplained warm spots on the floor
  • Foul odors coming from the floors and/or walls

Examine the Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

Clear out all of the cabinets beneath the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms. Using a flashlight, inspect the cabinet for water stains, mold or mildew, or dampness. Additionally, the bottom of the cabinet may have warped if a leak has occurred. A leaking pipe may also have corrosion along the supply line fittings and valves, and you should have it replaced as soon as possible.

Check Out the Basement

If you have a basement, it’s a good idea to inspect any exposed pipes for corrosion, moisture, and mineral buildup. These will indicate you have a leak, especially if you notice mold or mildew in the area around the pipe. You should have a plumber confirm the source of the leak.

At Hometown Plumbing of Bakersfield, we have the professional equipment needed to detect leaks and fix them fast. Serving  Bakersfield and all of Kern County, we offer 24-hour service for your plumbing emergencies. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.