Not all plumbing problems are as obvious as a slow-moving drain or a leaky faucet. Sometimes you really have to 'listen' to what your home is telling you to identify plumbing problems. Here are 4 ways your basement can reveal the need for plumbing services.
Moisture accumulating in your basement will often present itself by dampening your concrete walls. You will notice the walls feeling cooler than usual as well as see dark spots, water stains, and you may even notice a damp, soil-like smell. The moisture could very well be a moisture problem from a leaking pipe, faulty water heater, or even a washing machine that has a broken line.
Mold loves to grow in damp, warm areas. Your basement is often a prime location for mold to fester and grow. You will spot mold along floorboards and ceiling edges as well as near any water spots you may have in your basement. You can smell mold as well, which carries a wet washcloth odor.
Carpet that is wet and moist only along the wall's edges may be a sign that you have a plumbing problem behind the walls that is slowly leaking its way down and into your carpeting from underneath your floor. Peel your carpet back and see if the water damage extends to the padding of your carpeting. If your entire carpet is wet near your washer or water heater, you may be able to pinpoint the problem to these appliances.
Exposed pipes in your basement may sweat when they are leaking. The sweating can be so subtle you may not even notice it at first. Follow any sweating to see if it continues to a connected line or a crack in your pipes. If you can trail the sweat spots to a weakened point in your plumbing, then you have identified at least part of your plumbing issue.
If you suspect any kind of plumbing problem in your home, the HVAC contractor who services your heater and air conditioning units may be able to assist you. If you think you have a plumbing break, turn off your main line to prevent further water damage. The sooner you can get professional assistance for your water issues the better you can avoid more costly repairs. Keep your basement ventilated to allow for proper airflow so you can keep moisture and mold at bay as you try to figure your plumbing problems out. To learn more, contact a company like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning.