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Three Reason Why You Shouldn’t Delay Fixing Leaky Pipes
There are some repairs you can put off without any serious problems coming
of it. That is generally not the case when it comes to plumbing problems,
and leaky pipes are no exception. Here are three reasons why you should
never put off repairing leaky pipes.
Mold growth is the biggest health concern that can come as a result of leaky pipes. Since pipes are located in your walls the area surrounding them is dark. Mold only needs a wet area and darkness to flourish. Mold is a pretty simple issue to deal with as long as you catch it before it gets out of hand. Having mold spores in the air of your house can cause a lot of problems. It can trigger allergic responses in some people and respiratory infections in others. Either way it’s a problem you never want to have to deal with.
You’ve probably heard of water damage before. It’s likely that you don’t know how easy it is for it to occur though. It can come as a result of any leak. It doesn’t matter how small it is. If the leak is continuous, water damage will eventually occur.
The type of damage that can occur ranges in severity depending on the size the leak and how long it’s been going on for. A large leak could cause foundation damage if the pipe was located at the bottom of your house. This could result in your home collapsing in extreme cases. Even small leaks in your walls can cause property damage though. You can see the damage done by water leaks on a smaller scale in drywall that crumbles due to repeated exposure to moisture.
Increased Water Bills
In most cases, fixing water leak will not have a huge impact on your monthly water bill. There will be significant savings in your annual water bill though. If you are saving five or six dollars a month you’ll be saving between 60 and 72 dollars a year. Your savings can are being even higher if the leak is large enough. According to statistics gathered by the EPA, 10 percent of homes that have leaks waste 90 gallons of water or more a day. Fixing these leaks usually saves homeowners 10 percent or more on their water bill.
If you’re unsure of whether or not your home has a leak, there’s nothing wrong with requesting an expert opinion from a plumber. It’s best to seek professional help anytime you have a leak in your house. Do-it-yourself solutions can often make the problem worse when it comes to plumbing.
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