Why You Shouldn't Hold Off On Plumbing Repairs January 16 / 2020
Nobody likes to deal with plumbing repairs. They can be costly, messy, and time consuming, which is why some people choose to put them off as long as possible. However, this is one of the worst things you can do. Here is why you shouldn’t hold off on plumbing repairs.
Putting Off Plumbing Repairs Can Lead To Mold and Mildew If you are suffering from a plumbing leak, you really shouldn’t hold off on repairs. The problem with waiting to fix a leak, is that water leaks provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew to flourish. Mold and mildew thrive in wet and warm area, and are particularly fond of porous materials like drywall, wood, and carpet. Mold and mildew can ruin cabinets, walls, flooring, clothing, paper, and other personal belongings. The best thing you can do is nip it in the bud at the very first signs of a water leak. Mold is bad because it can not only ruin parts of your home, but can also make you very sick, especially black mold. Exposure to black mold can cause respiratory issues, headaches, runny nose, eye irritation, rashes, chronic fatigue, and in some severe cases insomnia, depression, anxiety, trouble concentrating, confusion, and memory loss. People that have weakened immune systems are more susceptible. If mold gets out of control, the cost to repair can really add up. Proper mold remediation may be required. To prevent this, don’t put off fixing plumbing leaks. Become familiar with the early signs of a leak; a high water bill, the sound of dripping water, and unexplained puddles of water are all indications of a leak.
Unnecessary Damage Another reason why you shouldn’t hold off on plumbing repairs, is waiting too long to make repairs can cause damage to other parts of your plumbing. For example, if your drains keep clogging and you keep reaching for the liquid drain cleaner instead of having your drains professionally cleaned, you are treating the symptom and not the problem. In doing so, you allow your clog to worsen, building up pressure inside of your pipes, which can eventually cause your drain pipes to leak or burst. This can be an expensive and messy repair, especially if trenches need to be dug to replace your pipe. This can all be avoided by having your drains cleaned by a professional.
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Ignoring Plumbing Problems Causes Water Waste Wasting water is bad for the environment and bad for your bank account. A leaking faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water per year. Your dripping faucet could be costing you hundreds of dollars. This is why you shouldn’t hold off on making repairs. A dripping faucet is often a simple fix, like replacing a gasket. If the faucet is old and beyond repair, it will need to be replaced. Having a new faucet installed usually costs around a couple of hundred dollars. While you may not want to pay the price now, if you don’t replace it you are going to pay the price over time. Your money is just running down the drain instead of into a new fixture. Either way, it is going to cost; more in the long run if you put off repairs for too long. Have you been putting off plumbing repairs? The best time to make repairs is at the first sign of a problem. Putting off repairs can cost more and lead to a bigger problem than your initially had. To learn more or to schedule an appointment contact Rooter Hero today! Related Articles Plumbing Safety Tips You Need To Know Water Heater Safety Tips Plumbing Tips That Everyone Should Know