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Leak Lookout: 5 Ways to Spot Small Leaks in Your Plumbing & Roof

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Taking good care of your home is all about spotting problems early. This is particularly true with roof and plumbing leaks, which can rapidly spread out of control and lead to water damage and even mold if you don’t solve them quickly. It’s important to continuously look out for the most common signs of plumbing or roof leaks, which include:

1. Persistent Odors

If you’ve noticed an unpleasant odor that grows in strength over time and just won’t go away, it may be that water is leaking through your plumbing or roof. This often causes water damage, causing mold to grow and producing a foul smell.

2. Weakened Shingles

When your roof leaks, water gets underneath the shingles, damaging them directly while causing algae and mold to develop. This can cause those shingles to curl, buckle, or lose granules. If the problem persists for long enough, they may fall off entirely.

3. Higher Bills

Plumbing leaks cause you to use more water, which drives up your monthly water bills. Meanwhile, roof leaks let outside air in, which makes climate control less efficient leading to higher electric bills.

4. Insect Invasions

Not only do plumbing and roof leaks provide an avenue for insects to get inside, but they also let water in, which creates the moist conditions for insects to thrive. If you start noticing pests around your house, a leak may be to blame.

5. Sediment & Rust

If you notice particles of rust or sediment in your water, a plumbing leak is likely the cause. Likewise, if you notice rust, mold, or spots on your ceiling, odds are you have a roof leak.

If you do have a home leak that causes water damage or mold, ServiceMaster of Buncombe County is here to help! If you’ve noticed a plumbing, roof or other household leak, it’s time to call in the experts. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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