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World Water Day: 6 Signs of Hidden Water Leaks

World Water Day is all about taking action to tackle the world’s water crisis. This could mean supporting efforts to make safe water available to those living in developing countries or tackling water waste.

You might think you need to get out in your community or join an organisation to make a difference. But actually there are plenty of things you can do from your own home.

Water leaks contribute significantly to the amount of water wasted in the UK. By fixing your water leaks you can reduce your water wastage and do your bit to help. And of course, it will also help keep your home in good condition and save money.

To help you work out if you have any water leaks in your home, we’ve come up with 6 signs of hidden water leaks.

1. Mould and mildew growth

Mould and mildew thrives off damp conditions. The cleanest home can develop mould and mildew growth if there are damp areas, so it’s usually a sign of moisture in your home. Even very small water leaks can cause mould and mildew growth as even a tiny amount of moisture can create the perfect environment for it to grow. So if you have mould and mildew growth there’s definitely moisture coming from somewhere – and this could be a water leak.

2. Warped flooring

Flooring can become warped if it’s exposed to and soaks up too much moisture. Warped flooring could be sign that you have a water leak then, and needs investigating to stop the problem getting worse.

3. Cracked walls or ceilings

Water can be extremely heavy in large quantities. If you have cracked walls or ceilings, this could be a sign of leaking water building up and causing damage to your property. Structural damage is extremely dangerous and should be fixed as soon as possible.

4. Damaged paint or wallpaper

Have you noticed you have blotchy, peeling or bubbly paint or wallpaper? This is a sign you have damp walls and could mean you have a water leak. To stop this damage quickly getting worse, call a plumber and ask them to investigate.

5. High water bills

A slightly high water bill probably isn’t a sign of a water leak; it’s more likely that you’ve just used a bit more water than normal. But if your water bill is significantly higher than normal, this could indicate that you have a water leak. To save money and prevent damage to your property you should get a plumber in to take a look as soon as possible.

6. The sound of running water

Sometimes water leaks can’t be seen but they can be heard. The sound of water running or dripping is a tell-tale sign that you could have a water leak. Never ignore the sounds of running water if you don’t know where it’s coming from; investigating could prevent damage to your property and save you money.

So if you have any water leaks in your home, you should now be one step closer to finding and fixing them. Not only will this benefit your property and bank balance, it will also help you reduce your water wastage and do your bit for World Water Day.

If you find any water leaks in your home and are looking for a plumber to fix them, we can help. Fill in our online form and we’ll connect you with up to 4 contractors in your local area.

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Evy Coe

Evy Coe works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Intern. She writes about a range of different new and existing products to inform and advise customers. To learn more about Evy, visit her Google+ profile.