Why A Little Undetected Leak Could Be A Big Problem

If you have a home, it is important that you keep up with routine maintenance. Your plumbing system is an area that may get undetected in the grand scheme of things. This is because some individuals do not think of minor plumbing issues as serious. Ignoring minor issues can lead to more significant issues and cause damage that extends beyond the plumbing system. A plumber can inspect your home and discover major and minor flaws in your plumbing system. Early detection can aid in protecting one of your most valuable investments, which is your home. The following points represent how dismissing leaks as minor or insignificant can cost you a lot more in future repair costs and other expenses. 

Extensive Microbial Growth

Mold and mildew are two types of microbial growth that will likely spread throughout your home if a leak is present. These potentially toxic substances do not need a copious amount of water to thrive. They can suffice with moisture and the spores can spread throughout homes and may not be visible because they can lurk behind walls. They can spread rapidly and compromise building materials. Extensive contamination might require the extraction of the tainted building materials. This type of damage will require plumbing repairs and other types of mitigations such as mold remediation to make a home safe again. 

Excess Water Bills

You would likely be amazed at the amount of water that is lost by minor leaks including those that are visible such as faucet leaks that may only require replacing a washer in the fixture. Small leaks can occur in more than one location of homes, which is why it is ideal to get routine inspections performed by a plumber. Perhaps you have noticed that your water bills and usage are getting higher each month. This is a telltale sign that a water leak is present on your property. Keep in mind that some leaks might be on the exterior of your property from areas such as spigots or sprinklers. 

Health Problems

A plumbing system that is not well-maintained with silent leaks can make members of your household sick. Exposure to mold can cause respiratory illnesses, and it can also make allergies and existing respiratory illnesses worse. There are pests such as cockroaches that harbor diseases that can make humans sick. These pests are also attracted to moisture-rich conditions that leaks create. You could also find yourself exposed to larger disease-carrying pests such as rodents. Pest extermination services and medical bills could be severe consequences of not getting plumbing inspections, which will likely include leak detection services.

For more information on leaks, reach out to a local plumbing contractor.