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Water leaks are one of the most frustrating problems homeowners face. The origin of some leaks can be obvious, and the cause is easy to fix. But others are hidden inside ceilings or walls and are challenging to detect, even causing massive damage before you know the leak is there. Here are some of the most common signs of leaks in your house and they can lead to water damage. 

7 Signs of Leaks in Your House

The earlier you detect a water leak, the quicker you can get it fixed and prevent costly damage. Here are seven signs you likely have a leak in your home. 

1. Higher Than Normal Water Bills

If your home’s water bill increases for no obvious reason, you probably have a water leak somewhere. A single leaky toilet can cause thousands of gallons of waste annually. 

2. Reduced Water Pressure

If you notice reduced water pressure in your home’s faucets, this could be due to water leaks in your plumbing or a buildup of sediment in your pipes. 

3. Mold and Mildew

A water leak will eventually cause mold and mildew in your home. At some point, you’ll be able to see signs of mold. But you’ll probably smell mildew first when notice a musty odor. 

4. Water Stains

If you see a water stain on your ceiling, walls, or floors, this is a telling sign that water is coming into your home or leaking inside your walls. 

5. Damaged Flooring

If your floor is stained or warping or develops a soft spot, there is likely a water leak somewhere nearby, usually from plumbing or an outside intrusion. 

6. Sagging Ceilings

A sagging ceiling is often caused by a leaky pipe in the ceiling or leaks coming from your home’s roof. This is a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed immediately. 

7. Bubbling Paint or Wallpaper

If the paint or wallpaper on your walls begins to bubble or blister, this is an indicator that there is moisture inside the wall. You’ll need to discover the source and also fix the damaged materials. 

Problems Resulting in Water Damage

Sometimes, issues from construction services can result in water damage. A few examples include:

  • Poorly installed roof
  • Lack of flashing on the home
  • Defective materials used for foundation
  • Poorly installed windows and doors
  • Improper grading
  • Plumbing not installed correctly or not to code

If you discover signs of a leak in your house, be sure to take action right away to minimize the extent of the possible damage.

Protect Your Home with a New Metal Roof

If you notice signs of a leak in your house, it may be because your roof is old, damaged, and needs replaced or repaired. This is not something you should handle on your own. The knowledgeable and experienced roofers at Excel Metal Roofing can help. Contact us to learn about a metal roof replacement and the benefits of choosing this type of roof for your home.