It’s Not Just a Leaky Faucet: Problems with Plumbing
Leaks from a broken pipe or loose faucet may seem innocent and negligible, until you find out how much trouble they can cause in the long term.
Here are some of the issues, which typically develop when you neglect leaks for a long time:
This much is obvious, but because a slowly dripping faucet doesn’t seem like a big deal, you might think there’s no harm in it; it’s not likely to cause a huge bump in your water bill. If you total the water wasted with a leak like this, however, you might be surprised how many gallons you can fill with it in a year. It’s not just about how much you pay; it’s about how much fresh water is wasted. Read about the clean water crisis and you’ll see the point.
A small leak may not cause a flood, but over time all that water can find its way through the soil (say the leaky faucet or pipe is right next to your garden) and into your home’s foundation. There is a reason builders typically advise homeowners to make downspouts lead away from the house. When your home’s foundation becomes soaked, its structural integrity may become compromised. There are ways to solve such a problem, of course, but they will cost you a lot. There’s also the danger of collapse. If there’s a leak in your walls upstairs, your ceiling may bear the marks, and you may not have an idea of the extent of the damage until you hire a professional to check. Moreover, as soggy wood becomes softer, termites may start causing more damage to your home.
Mold and mildew
Where there’s moisture, the possibility of having mold is always high. Mold and mildew are not only unsightly and embarrassing — as it usually signifies neglect — it is also a health concern. Allergies and other respiratory ailments are triggered when mold spores are airborne. Moss may also form on floors that are constantly wet, such as when a faucet is leaking on your driveway, and moss is a slipping hazard.
It only takes a minute to call a plumber in Utah, such as Ponds Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, and perhaps an hour or less to fix a broken pipe or faucet, if there are no other underlying issues.
Rather spend a bit on a simple repair than a fortune on fixing extensive damage caused by a simple leaky faucet.