Leaking your way to a big expense
Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2016
Many people have, at one time or another, listened to a faucet as it drips water repeatedly into a sink or bathtub. Even if it is a very small drip or a tiny leak under the sink, it is something that needs to be taken care of immediately. Small leaks such as these can become very expensive over time. As a person paying a water bill, you are paying for all of the water that drips away due to a leaky faucet or a pipe leaking under a sink. This cost can really add up over time and you need to ask yourself, do you really want to pay for virtually hundreds of dollars of water when all it is doing is leaking into the ground, or worse yet, into the walls and foundation of your home.
When water seeps into the walls or down into the foundation of a home, there is a great risk that mold and mildew will begin to grow. While most mold is nothing more than a gross looking nuisance, it can also form into toxic mold that can irritate the lungs and cause breathing issues in anyone that may have allergies to mold. While this does not always happen when water leaks, it is something that needs to be taken care of before the chance for mold to grow occurs.
The primary concern is the fact that water is leaking and it will cost money to pay for the water as well as the repair. The longer you wait to have the leak repaired, the more the repair costs may be. There are numerous things that can cause water to leak and some of these include:
- Freezing Pipes in the Winter
- Old Pipes
- Decayed or Rusted Pipes
- Broken Seals
- Extreme Water Pressure
- Loose Pipe Fittings
When you have a leak, it is always best to have it repaired as quickly as possible to avoid water damage as well as the cost that will be paid for the water. It has been estimated by the EPA that on average, a household will waste more than 10,000 gallons of water due to leaks and as a whole, the nation wastes more than one trillion gallons of water due to leaks. That is a lot of water being wasted because of leaks that can typically be repaired fairly easily.
It is important to do routine inspections, or have a plumber handle the inspections if you are not able to do so on your own, to check for leaky pipes or hidden water damage from leaks. Checking underneath sinks and around toilets and tubs is important as you may notice leaks near those areas before you will notice water damage hidden behind a wall. If you do not notice leaks, you may also want to check your water bill to see if it is rising or look at the water meter to see if it is moving when no water is turned on in the home.
If the meter is running or your bill has seen a major increase, you may potentially have a leak underground or behind a wall where it would be difficult to see. In this case, it is best to contact a plumber to come out for an inspection of the property and the water lines that lead into the home from the meter. If you have a leak, be sure to hire a professional plumbing company to repair everything for you to ensure that it is taken care of safely and efficiently.