Leaking pipes can be quite a headache for homeowners.
Leaks create an irritating drop in water pressure and cause your monthly water bills to increase. However, those annoyances are minor when compared to the more pressing problems that can result from leaky pipes.
Without prompt pipe repair, your home may suffer significant damage that could be quite expensive to fix. This challenge can even create an unhealthy or unsafe environment in your home.
Leaking Pipes Cause Structural and Cosmetic Damage
Many of the pipes in your home run beneath the floorboards or above the ceiling.
When leaks occur, the escaping water can cause structural wood components to warp. Warping can create lumps and bumps under your carpet or on your bare wood floors. Eventually, if the leaking pipes aren’t repaired, the wood can deteriorate and rot.
If the leak is overhead, the problem can be even worse. Weakening of the drywall and framing materials can lead to ceiling collapse and water damage to whatever lies below. If your house is a two-story design, you may even run the risk of furniture or upstairs appliances falling through, causing damage and potential injury.
What about the pipes that run behind your walls? Water seeping from those pipes can cause cosmetic damage to your walls. The paint may begin to chip off, for example, or the wallpaper may peel away. Left unchecked, wood framing can also become damaged.
Leaking Pipes Can Lead to Hazardous Mold and Mildew Growth
As troubling and costly as structural and cosmetic damage may be, these aren’t the only concerns with leaky pipes.
Any leaks – even the tiniest ones – can create damp spots or standing water. And this is the perfect environment for the growth of mold and mildew.
Mold and mildew growth resulting from leaky pipes adds to the cosmetic damage to your home. Worse, however, is the effect that these fungi can have on your health.
According to the CDC, mold causes a variety of illness and symptoms, including nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing and throat irritation. Some people may also experience eye or skin irritation. Exposure to mold has even been linked to asthma and respiratory infections.
Children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or chronic lung diseases are even more sensitive to mold and fungus growth.
Seek Immediate Plumbing Repair for Leaking Pipes
If your pipe leaks are quickly detected and repaired, you can stop serious water damage from taking hold and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Some leaks are easy to identify. Obvious signs of water damage include discolored spots on the walls and dampness, puddles or drips under sinks or toilets. If you notice any damp spots or areas of the floor that seem warmer or colder than usual, this can also raise a red flag about water leaks.
Many leaky pipes, however, are hidden from view. If so, the issue often goes discovered until the water bill suddenly skyrockets
Do you think you may have a plumbing leak? Contacting a local, licensed plumber is the best course of action to avoid further problems. The experts at American Plumbing Services, serving the greater Provo, Utah, area, are your local plumbing repair experts. We are also available for emergency plumbing repairs. Contact us today and let us stop those leaking pipes!