A leaky pipe might not seem like a big deal, but it can cause a lot of costly damage in your Wimberley, TX, home. Here are four reasons why ignoring leaks is a bad idea:
1. Electrical Hazard
When pipes situated behind walls develop leaks, the water can come into contact with electrical wiring. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, so you don’t want the two to mix.
2. Foundation Damage
Did you know that even small leaks can seriously damage the foundation of your Texas home? Foundation damage can be dangerous; if it’s severe, your home may be unfit to live in. Indications of a shifting foundation include cracks around windows and doors that span the length of the walls, doors that don’t open or close properly and loose, bulging floorboards. Even water that leaks into the ground around your home can cause the soil to shift in such a way that your home’s stability is threatened.
3. Microbial Growth Growth and Pests
Leaky pipes create moisture, and moisture encourages the growth of microbial growth. This unpleasant fungus can make you sick. Symptoms of a microbial growth infestation include burning, watery eyes, skin rashes, respiratory problems, headaches, sinus congestion, nausea, a runny nose and dizziness. Moisture can also attract pests like cockroaches, termites, rats and mice.
4. High Utility Bills
If you have leaks, you’re paying for water that’s damaging your property. If the leak is from a hot water pipe, you’re paying to heat that water too.
How Can I Avoid Leaks?
Copper pipes in older Texas homes are especially vulnerable to leaks caused by internal corrosion. By the time leaks are detected, the damage can be significant. The best protection against leaks is prevention. Check your pipes regularly or schedule a professional inspection so that leaks can be caught early and sealed before they cause trouble. To learn more about the benefits of preventive plumbing maintenance, visit Woods Comfort Systems or call (512) 842-5066 for plumbing emergency service.