A small plumbing leak may not seem like much, especially if it is hidden, between a wall or under a concrete slab. How much harm can it really cause anyway? The fact is, the longer a water leak goes without being repaired, the more damage it causes. Of course it depends on how long the leak went untreated, how severe it is and where it is located.
What kind of problems can a leaky pipe cause?
The high cost of a water leak
Increase water consumption, shows up on your water bill. The bigger the leak the more wasted water and money. With the recent increase in the cost of water, every drop really adds up.
“It's not the little leak that wastes water—it is the little leak that keeps on leaking that wastes water. And the fact that the leak is so little means that maybe you ignore it. So, how can a little leak turn into a big waste?
Think of a leaky water line coming into your house. If it leaks 1 gallon of water every 10 minutes that means that you are losing (and paying for) 144 gallons per day, or 52,560 gallons per year,” according to the United States Geological Survey. Use their drip calculator to see just how much money you are wasting.
Damage from Mold
Plumbing leaks create warm and damp environments, perfect for mold to flourish. As mold grows, it feeds on building materials, eventually compromising the integrity of the structure.
Mold can also be a hazard for those living or working in the building. From respiratory infection, coughing, to throat and eye irritation, it can be worse for those with allergies and asthma.
A hole in a pipe not only waste water, it can also let dirt and contaminates in, which is dangerous if the pipe is carrying drinking water.
Water and moisture attract pests such as rodents, termites, and roaches. Repairing the leak means removing their nourishment.
Detecting and repairing water leaks, means you save water, money, prevents costly damage and illnesses.
What You Can Do
Most Central Florida homeowners are unaware they even have a water leak, until it is too late and the damage is done. Whether it is a busted pipe or a pinhole water leak caused by aging pipes, if the source of the leak is not located in a timely manner, the repair cost could be devastating.