The biggest problem with leaks in the wall or underground is figuring out where it’s coming from. No one wants the added expense of repairing holes in the wall in the “hunt” for the cause of that water you see or suspect.
Of course, you also do not want to ignore the problem. If the issue is cast aside, the problem will only get bigger, in scope and in cost to repair. Also, if the leak causes mold and mildew issues, there are health matters that can be affected as well.
Bottom line is do not ignore a water leak – ever.
Signs Of Water Leak In Walls
Following is a list of signs that may indicate you have either a water leak in the wall or there is water coming from somewhere else and affecting that area of the wall.
- Puddles of water on the floor by the baseboard
- Water stains on the wall
- Mold on the wall
- Bubble-like texture on the wall
- Paint peeling from the wall
- Wallpaper peeling or buckling
- Sagging wall
- Musty smell in the room
- With your faucets turned off and you hear a dripping sound or the sound of rushing water
All these signs are very strong indicators that there is water either leaking from a pipe behind or near the damaged area(s) OR there is water getting to that area, most likely from the roof but could be a broken pipe in another area of the building.
5 Steps To Finding That Leak In A Wall
We recommend that you hire a professional plumber to do the work to locate that leak simply because of the expertise plumbers have and the specialized equipment that they may need to find that leak. Also, once the problem is found – repairs will have to be made and unless you are a very handyman type of person – using a plumber to make the needed repairs will save you time and money in the long run.
- First thing to do is if the affected area is near an appliance such as a washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, etc. – if possible, turn the water valve off. Check those appliances for leaks. It may be that the leak is not coming FROM the wall at all.
- If the affected area is near a sink or bathtub or shower – the leak may also be coming from there vs. the wall.
- Check your gutters and downspouts. If excessive rain or melting snow can’t drain through the downspout, that water will eventually begin to find it’s way through the roof and walls of your building. So, check your gutters and downspouts and remove any debris.
- Use a moisture meter or an infrared camera to detect the extent of your wet wall and to help you identify where the leak could possibly be coming from.
- Now, you will have to cut into the drywall and hopefully, if the meters you used are correct, you will find a leaky pipe OR you at least may be able to see where the leak is coming from.
These simple steps will help you (and your plumber) to locate the cause of the water intrusion in your walls as quickly as possible – this ends up saving you not only time but money as well.
If you have any questions about pipe leaks or need help finding a water leak in your wall, call the Atlanta plumbers at Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.