Leaks are among the most common plumbing issues. In fact, they are arguably the number one plumbing problem in the country in terms of the sheer number of occurrences. Some plumbing leaks are large, some small, but all of them should be repaired as soon as they are discovered. Not having your plumbing leaks repaired, even if they’re tiny, could end up costing you far more than you even knew was possible. Have a look below at some of the ways that home plumbing leaks can drain your finances.
Ever had a leaky faucet? That *drip drip drip* sound can be absolutely maddening when it’s the only sound in the room, right? Well, it’s not just the sound that spells bad news when it comes to leaks. Even a very minor leak like that can waste hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water on an annual basis. That’s water that you are still paying for, and the cost adds up. So, the next time you hear that sound of dripping water in your home, you’d best call for plumbing repair services as soon as you can. Otherwise, you’ll end up paying for it in the long run.
There is an especially nasty kind of leak that can occur in the home called a pinhole leak. These are leaks that are so small that they don’t cause any kind of outward symptoms. You have to physically look at the pipe to notice that there’s a leak at all. Outside of being found during a plumbing inspection, this means that pinhole leaks are given all the time they need over the ensuing months to cause a ton of water damage to the surrounding area. Oftentimes, homeowners only realize that they have a pinhole leak when they find a mold spot on their ceiling or wall. Other leaks can also cause water damage, of course, but do so in a much shorter amount of time. Repairing water damage can be quite expensive, depending on the location and the extent of the damage.
What You Can Do About It
So, now that you know how even a small leak can wreak havoc, what can you do about it? Well, the first thing we recommend is that you schedule preventive maintenance for your plumbing system at least once a year. This will help to identify any issues before they have the opportunity to get any worse. The second thing you need to do is keep an eye out for any signs that your system is dealing with a plumbing leak. Rising monthly water costs, signs of water damage, and of course any visible leaks should prompt a call to your plumber. Doing this will help defend your home against any leaks that might show up.