The Hard Facts About Drips and Leaks

The Hard Facts About Drips and Leaks

Pipes will leak and drip. That’s a fact of life. What can be done if you discover a leak in your home? Here are some things to look for and some facts about how much plumbing leaks can cost and the damage they can do.

Wasting Water

Undetected leaks will waste thousands of gallons of water and can add up quickly. One leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year. Combine that with other leaks and you’re looking at up to 10,000 gallons of water per year. That’s enough to do 270 loads of laundry. Nationwide, the amount wasted can amount up to 1 trillion gallons, which is enough to service 11 million households a year. Water is a precious resource and any sort of waste should be prevented.

Increased Water Bills

Sad Young Woman Calling Plumber In Front Of Water Leaking From Sink Pipe

An easy way to tell if you have any leaks is to look at your water bill. If it’s been consistent and then there’s a sudden spike in usage (and cost) is a pretty sure sign you might have a leak. If you had guests and your bill is higher that month and goes back down, then you should be okay. If it’s consistently higher and seems to be going up, you probably have a leak. If you suspect a leak, contact your plumber, and have them come out and take a look.

Finding Leaks

Not all leaks are obvious. Some can be hidden and difficult to find. Finding hidden leaks are best left to a professional. They have the skills and tools to find and fix those leaks. Some are easier to spot, such as leaky faucets, toilets, showerheads and so on. These are usually DIY projects and can be remedied in a few minutes. Replacing a toilet flapper is a simple fix and replacing a showerhead will allow you to upgrade your showerhead if you want to.

Hidden leaks are another thing. Those can leave no external signs, other than a higher water bill. They can be in your walls, in your basement, underneath a slab floor, etc. Some signs of a possible leak are mold or mildew formation, damaged or bubbling paint or wallpaper, staining on your walls or ceiling, or a musty odor. These leaks are difficult to find and require professional help.

Leaks Can Cause Serious Damage

Hidden leaks in heating or water supply can cause rot and other damage if left untreated. DIY, plumbing, water leak, home repair concept photo.

While a leak may be small, they can cause major damage to your home. They can cause mold formation, dry rot, ruin drywall, damage your foundation, and so on. Mold can cause respiratory problems and aggravate existing conditions such as asthma and COPD. It can also damage your drywall. Dry rot can affect the structure of your home and cause a weakening of the framing. This can be an expensive fix. It’s also dangerous since the rotten wood can no longer support the loads of your home’s structure.

If your home is built on a slab, a leak can be disastrous. It can cause cracking, seepage, and in a worst case scenario, cause your slab foundation to shift or move and cause serious damage to your home’s structure. That can be a seriously expensive fix that will cost you time and money.

You Found a Leak, Now What?

If it’s a visible leak, like a toilet flapper, faucet, or showerhead, you can fix it yourself. If you don’t have the skills or confidence to replace a faucet, have your plumber do it for you. While they’re there, have them check for any possible hidden leaks.

If you have signs of hidden leaks, or an appliance leaking, like your water heater, have your plumber take care of them. They have the tools and expertise to find and repair the leak(s) and any leaking appliances. Keeping an eye out for any leaks can save you money in the long run. If you catch a leak early, you can reduce any possible repair costs and prevent costly damage to your home.

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If you think you may have a leak in your home, call us at Mark Lindsay & Son and our techs will come to your home to find an repair any leaks or drips.

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