World Water Day is all about doing things to combat the world’s water crisis. This might mean assisting efforts to make safe water available in developing countries or combating water waste.

You may think you need to join community groups or organisations to make a difference. But in fact, there are lots of things you can do from your own home.

Water leaks contribute considerably to the level of water wastage in the UK. By repairing your water leaks you can lower your water wastage and do your bit to help. And of course, this will help to keep your property in good condition save money too.

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

1. Mould and mildew growth

Mould and mildew grow in moist conditions. The cleanest home can develop mould and mildew growth if there are damp areas, so it’s usually an indication of water in your home. Even really tiny water leaks can cause mould and mildew growth because even a small amount of moisture can make the ideal environment for it to grow. So if you have mould and mildew growth you can be sure that moisture is coming from somewhere – and this could be a water leak.

2. Warped flooring

Flooring can get warped if it’s exposed to and absorbs too much moisture. Warped flooring might be a sign that you have a water leak then, and requires investigating to prevent the problem getting worse.

3. Cracked walls or ceilings

Water can be very heavy in large amounts. If you have cracked walls or ceilings, this might indicate that there’s water building up and causing damage to your property. Structural damage is very dangerous and should be fixed as soon as possible.

4. Damaged paint or wallpaper

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

5. High water bills

A slightly high water bill probably doesn’t indicate a water leak; it’s more likely that you have just used more water than normal. But if your water bill is considerably higher than normal, this may indicate that you have a water leak. To save money and avoid damage to your home you should get a plumber in to have a look as quickly as possible.

6. The sound of running water

Sometimes water leaks can’t be seen but they can be heard. The sound of running or dripping water is a tell-tale sign that you might have a water leak. Don’t ignore the sound of running water if you don’t know where it is coming from; looking into it could avoid damage to your home and help you save money.

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

If you discover any water leaks in your property and are looking for a plumber to repair them, we can help. Complete our online form and we will put you in touch with up to 4 local professionals.

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