Leaky pipes are a common, unfortunate occurrence in residential properties and can cause a number of issues including water pressure reduction, costly water bills and significant damage to property. Here are 4 reasons it’s important to act quickly if you discover you have a leaky pipe.
- Structural Integrity
Burst or leaking pipes can damage your home’s foundation, causing the soil underneath to move which may compromise the structural integrity of the property. This can also result in cracks and damage to plaster throughout the home as the soil shifts which can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
- Floorboard warping
Water can spread quickly throughout the home if pipes are left unrepaired and water left sitting under the floorboards can warp, and rot away the wood. If you notice bumps or warping in your floorboards, it’s advisable to investigate the issue to ensure your pipes are not damaged.
- Mold and Mildew
Even a small amount of water leaking from your pipes can turn into a serious issue. If water is left stagnant for a period of time, organisms can grow and not only damage drywall and other building materials, it can also cause a myriad of serious health issues. This is not something that should be ignored.
- Cosmetic Damage
Water leaking being walls can cause your paint and wallpaper to strip and peel which can be a hassle to repair. If you notice changes in your paint or wallpaper, make sure to have a plumper investigate to rule out leaking pipes.
If you have or suspect you may have leaking water pipes, don’t put it off! Act now and call a licensed plumber such as C.S Crown Plumbing. We can diagnose and repair any water pipe or drainage issues quickly and effectively.