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The average household, even those in Sarasota, loses around 10,000 gallons of water through leaks. Some water leaks are easily detected and others are champs at hide-and-seek. So what are some quick and easy ways to tell if you might have a water leak?

Signs You Could Have a Leak

Leaks can happen anywhere water gets used. When you’re looking for leaks check around faucets, valves, appliances, showers, sinks, and toilets.

Increased Bill

It’s normal for your water bill to go up in the summer with increased watering and pool filling. There’s normal increase and then there’s extraordinary increase. If your water bill has skyrocketed and there’s no explanation for it, you could have a leak.

Running Meter

A continuously running water meter is another sign. Locate your water meter after shutting off all running water in the house. If the meter is still ticking, water is leaking somewhere.

Mold and Mildew

Even if you scrub your bathroom every day, it’s possible for a bit of mildew or mold to develop. Mold growing on a non-shower wall or in corners along the ceiling and floor are indicative of leaking water.

Musty Smell

Standing water or continually moist surfaces smell. If you’ve cleaned a room that smelled musty and, after a while, it still smells that way, you may have a hidden leak.


Stains on ceilings or floors can be caused by water damage. Warped walls or bubbling on the drywall may mean there’s a leak nearby. Flooring that’s buckled or cracked is a sign of exposure to water.

When to Call in a Professional

If you suspect a water leak, contact a professional before hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of damage occurs. No one wants to deal with that kind of problem.

In Sarasota, Aqua Plumbing & Air’s licensed and bonded plumbers will quickly find and fix the problem. Give us a call at (941) 306-3715 so you can get back to your busy life.

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