water gathering around the base of a toilet from a leak

Have a Leak?

A leak in your home or office can be daunting. What can be even worse is if you’re not sure whether or not you have a leak, or how bad it is. Worse still, how bad could it be? Leaks often start in walls, ceilings, or floors, causing damage you don’t even know about for months. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some easy ways to tell if you have a leak, and what you can do about it.


Your water bill is bound to ebb and flow throughout the year. For example, it’ll likely be higher in the summer when you’re watering your lawn more often. But a sudden, consistent increase in your monthly bill could be a sign of trouble. Compare your bill to the same month the previous year. If it seems a lot higher, you may have a leak.


Tick, tick, tick could mean drip, drip, drip. If your meter is ticking, even when you’re not using water, you probably have a leak. Don’t forget it could be under a sink, in the ceiling, or even on an external sprinkler line.


Mold and mildew can also be a sign of a leak. Damp spots on your floors, ceilings, and walls can turn to mold if they stay wet due to a leak. A musty smell can mean that mold or mildew is behind a wall and can’t be seen. Unfortunately, if you can’t see it, it’s unlikely you’re doing anything to clean it.


Seeing a crack in a wall or ceiling can cause one of the worst feelings for a homeowner. In most cases, they are actually nothing serious, but they could be. A home will naturally settle over time, and that could cause some cracking in the drywall. However, big or newer cracks that seem to appear overnight could be due to leaky pipes.


If areas around the sink, tub or toilet are continuously wet, you likely have a leak. Inspect them carefully to determine if there’s an issue.

The Darville Company can help determine if you have a leak, and if so, we can help you get it repaired. Call us today at 432-580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard.

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