While it may initially seem insignificant, a leaky pipe can pose a massive threat to your home and property if left unattended. In fact, they are one of the few nearly silent destroyers of a home and have been for decades. And while many homeowners are content to place a bucket under a leaky pipe and wait until they have the spare cash for a plumber, this will eventually end up costing them more money in the long run.
Leaky Pipes Eventually Lead to Burst Pipes
If a leaky pipe is left unattended for long enough, the leak can turn into a full-blown burst pipe and lead to flooding, which can be a nightmare, especially for older homes. Many other problems will also occur, and emergency service will be required by a professional plumbing service immediately. Most concerning, a burst pipe shuts down your home’s entire water system. Secondly, calling a plumber for an emergency service typically costs 2-3 times the regular price (if it wasn’t urgent), and that’s before parts! Even after the pipe is fixed, the water that escaped needs to be cleaned and cleared RIGHT AWAY before it gets into hard to reach spaces and creates costly water damage.
Water Damage can Cost You a Fortune
If the water from a burst pipe is cleaned insufficiently, or if it escapes into hard to reach places, then you will most likely experience water damage. Water damage can be incredibly costly and may have many long-term effects outside of the initial plumbing and piping costs involved. Things like mold, property damage, foundation damage, and more can all result from ignoring that small leak. If the pipe is left leaking for too long it will eventually burst, flooding your home in water that will cost you a significant amount of time, money, and effort to recover from. Electronics, carpets, flooring, and furniture are a few examples of goods that will be in jeopardy. Therefore, at Royal Flush Plumbing we recommend that you have all leaky pipes inspected and fixed immediately.
Difficulties with Decreased Water Pressure
One of the other major problems that results from a leaky pipe isn’t always just the water damage itself, but rather the decrease in water pressure. Plumbing structures are designed to be air tight, using a special seal and varying widths of pipe to force water into small spaces. The result being; water is pushed out with a force, in a way that’s useful and more effective for washing dishes and showering for example. This can have a negative effect on how your water-using appliances all run, which can end up costing you more money in increased operating costs.
If you have leaking pipes or suspect that water is seeping out of your plumbing structure, it’s important to call in a plumbing expert as soon as possible. Not only can they help you avoid some of the bigger problems described above, they can also inspect your entire plumbing system to ensure it’s running effectively and efficiently. Royal Flush Plumbing recommends that you have your pipes inspected by an expert at least once every two to three years, and even more often if you live in a place with frequent temperature fluctuations around the freezing point.