You know that charming little sound that’s coming from your kitchen faucet? That’s not just a harmless leak, it’s a proper timebomb. Most people tend to ignore water leaks, considering them quick fixes, yet never coming around to tending them.
In truth, most small leaks can be patched if caught on time. In this article, we’re here to tell you why you should get to that leak sooner rather than later, and what you can do to protect your home and health in the process.
How A Leak Can Affect Your Health
A leaky pipe or fixture is a warning that there is damage somewhere you can’t see. Big or small, this is still a problem. A pipe can leak for a variety of reasons, anywhere from a crack, to a clog, or because of corrosion.
If your house is more than 20 years old, odds are it has metal pipes that are prone to breaking down over time, releasing rust and lead into your water supply. This is particularly dangerous because lead is known to have harmful side effects if ingested over long periods of time, even in trace amounts.
Some symptoms of poisoning:
- Fatigue and headaches
- Nausea and constipation
- Reproductive issues
- Reduced cognitive abilities and hindrance of brain development in kids
If your home has an internal leak you can’t see superficially, you won’t be able to tell until it’s too late. Let’s say a pipe is leaking inside your walls, you will not be able to tell until there’s water damage.
And if there’s water damage, there is most likely mold and mildew, both of which are harmful to your respiratory and overall health. It is important to run regular pipe inspections to ensure there are no sneaky leaks somewhere in your home.
Save Money Now, Patch That Leak
Don’t be fooled by the size of the leak, every drop counts! It is estimated that over 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year in the US from unsuspected or ignored leaks.
It’s not just a harmless leaky faucet… You could be saving up to 10% on your water bill by tightening those bolts or investing in some pipe tape.
A small leak can also lead to a burst pipe, which will cost you ten times what it costs just to tend to that little leak. Extensive water damage will also cause harm to your furniture, tiles, and electronics, and turns into an unsafe environment for your family. Don’t let it get to this point!
Who Can Fix Your Leak?
We can! Our professional plumbers specialize in detecting and patching all kinds of leaks, big and small. As aforementioned, not all leaks are obvious -- we have the tools to inspect your house thoroughly to ensure the integrity of your home’s piping structure. Our most requested home service involves catching and fixing leaks before they become a major issue.
We inspect your kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC fixtures for leaks, and our experts can identify if the home has any internal pipe damage. We don’t want you to stress about a surprise interior flood, we’ll catch the problem before it gets to that point!
Suspect you have a leak? Make your appointment with a professional plumber at Magic Plumbing today.
Call (415) 441-2255 today or check out our website for additional plumbing services we offer. Don’t ignore that leak, we’ll take care of it for you!