Drip. Drip. Drip. If you’ve ever experienced the constant dripping of a leaking pipe, then you know first hand how irritating it can be. The annoying repetitive sound is only the beginning when it comes to the frustrations a leaking pipe can bring.
If you have a leaking pipe in your home and don’t fix the problem quickly enough, the consequences that follow are expensive, damaging and can potentially be health threatening.
Negative Effects of a Leaky Pipe
One of the most common problems that occur when you have a leak is an increase in your water bill. Leaking pipes can dump around 200 gallons of water daily, which is damaging for both your savings account and the environment.
Leaking pipes can also lead to indoor flooding that could potentially damage your flooring and furniture and would require extensive clean up. In addition, leaking water can cause floors to become weak and mold to deteriorate your walls. The mold, mildew and asbestos from excess water is damaging to both your property and your health.
According to numerous recent EPA studies, indoor air pollutant levels can be as much as 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels, and much more in extreme cases (such as when severe pipe leaks go unnoticed for prolonged periods).
In fact, indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health according to the US EPA. It can lead to severe respiratory problems including sinus congestions, rashes, fever and itchy eyes and nose.
Causes of Leaky Pipes
In order to fix a leaky pipe, it is important to understand its cause. Pipe leaks could come from a number of reasons. One common issue are clogs in the pipe from foreign objects such as grease, food and hair. These clogs force the water to backup and leak out of the joints or cracks of the pipe.
Another issue is unregulated water pressure. Changing pressures could cause the pipe to burst. Older piping is also an issue in homes built before the 1980s. Deteriorating pipes will begin to rust and corrode, causing cracks to form. Or, a simple change in temperature can force pipes to freeze and expand when thawed, causing them to burst.
How to Fix Your Pipes
When it comes to leaks, it is important to get them taken care of as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you wait too long your water bill will be astronomical and you run the risk of having a pipe burst, which would cause a much more drastic fix. If you suspect a leak in your pipes, call a trusted plumbing service, like Mr. Rooter Plumbing to inspect the problem.
With nearly 50 years of plumbing experience, we’ve dealt with every type of pipe problem imaginable, and take pride in our exceptional customer service and experienced skillset. We also offer upfront pricing rates, so you never feel cheated after your plumbing experience. Contact us for answers to your plumbing questions and a free estimate.