Small leaks coming from faucets or fixtures aren’t usually something homeowners need to get too excited about. It’s a tiny sink drip, no big deal, right? Except when that leaking faucet turns into a burst pipe, then it has your attention. All of a sudden, your leaking pipes turn into some very costly repairs.
Leaking pipes can cause a lot of damage; most of it is financial. While it’s easy to ignore it when it isn’t a visible problem, it becomes harder to maintain and contain the damage caused. This is especially true after months of it being left unchecked.
There are various ways that leaking pipes can affect you as well as your environment:
Leaky faucets and fixtures contribute massively to water waste; something that is certainly not environmentally friendly. Water leaks also contribute to higher utility bills. It may be a minor leak, but over time the amount adds up. Wouldn’t it be nice to use that money elsewhere?
One of the most common leaks we see as plumbers are running toilets. A constantly running toilet isn’t uncommon, but it is annoying. And, in case you were wondering, it shouldn’t be ignored. If you’ve got a constantly running toilet, you need to call a plumber.
Even the smallest leak from a pipe can cause significant water damage. Depending on where your pipe is leaking, the damage could potentially go unnoticed until it’s too late.
For example, if the leaking pipe is behind a wall, it will cause serious damage to your walls. The worst part? Resolving water damage is a costly endeavor and can be very time-consuming. This is mainly because you need to remove portions of your drywall. If it ever comes to this, it’s important to enlist the services of a licensed plumber to make sure the pipe is repaired properly. Make sure to check that there are no traces of water left in the area and then you can confidently have the wall re-drywalled.
Not surprisingly, the areas behind walls are generally dark and often lack the proper ventilation. The insulation inside walls also acts as an absorbent. This means that if you did not remove all traces of water when having the leaking pipe fixed, you are susceptible to a mold outbreak behind your walls. The lack of ventilation coupled with the damp darkness is the perfect breeding ground.
Keep in mind, mold can be hazardous to your health, especially if you have pre-existing conditions like allergies and asthma. Also, depending on the materials used, you may need to replace your walls entirely in order to get rid of all the mold.
Another unfortunate side effect of leaking pipes is the attraction they draw from rodents and insects. Leaking pipes, especially those hidden behind walls, create safe spaces with a steady water supply for critters to thrive. Additionally, in damp wet areas, your wooden supports may begin to rot. This makes it easier for certain pests to burrow deeper into your home’s structure. Of course, these infestations can also pose a significant health risk to you and your family.
It’s strange to think that a leaking pipe could be a fire hazard. But, if your leak is located anywhere near electrical wires, that creates the perfect storm for tragedy. Ideally, when a home is built, electrical coding is done to a set standard behind a wall. Without regular maintenance, your wires may end up getting damaged and exposed. All it takes is a simple spark.
Now, it’s true that a spark won’t necessarily cause a fire but it can if there is a lot of insulation in the surrounding area which makes it easier for the spark to spread and burn.
It can be hard to find a leaking pipe when you can’t see it, but there are some signs you can look out for. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a handy guide on how to detect leaks in your home for that very purpose! However, the only way to permanently resolve your leaking pipe problem is to call a plumbing professional. If you’re dealing with any kind of plumbing leak in your home, call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric today at 1-800-475-1504!
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