As a knowledgeable homeowner, you know you need to deal with that annoying plumbing leak. You’ve been meaning to get to it, but each day other priorities push the leak lower on your to-do list. Here are three reasons that now is the right time to deal with your plumbing leak.
Waiting to Repair a Plumbing Leak Can Cost You Money
The EPA reports a household leak can waste up to 90 gallons of water a day. The water bill increase that comes with wasting that much water isn’t the only way a plumbing leak can cost you money. Delaying the repair gives the leak a chance to worsen, which in turn can make it more expensive to fix.
An Unrepaired Leak Can Cause Extensive Damage to Your Home
Sometimes, you become aware of a leak when you notice moisture on a wall or a drip from the first-floor ceiling. While you may be tempted to ignore the wet wall or put a bucket under the drip, the result of doing either would result in more extensive damage to your property. Putting off the repair would mean a larger area of your drywall becomes subject to water damage. Also, if the water manages to reach your floor, you may need to replace tiles and the much more costly subfloor.
A Leak Can Put Your Health at Risk
The excessive moisture from a plumbing leak provides the right conditions for mold and mildew to thrive. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), scientific research has linked mold to upper respiratory illness in otherwise healthy individuals. Also, the CDC notes preliminary research suggests a connection between early mold exposure and the development of childhood asthma.
Although some water leaks only require a simple DIY repair, other plumbing leaks are complex matters best left to professionals. Bay Area Plumbing Inc. has a leak detection service to find the source of hidden leaks. Our affordable plumbing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us at the first sign of plumbing trouble.