Water Leak Damage, and How to Detect a Leak

Pop Quiz: What type of water leak is more likely to cause serious damage to your home?

  1. A large gush of water from a burst pipe or broken water heater.
  2. Or a slow, hard-to-spot trickle?

The answer is both! In fact, in some cases, it’s the slow leak that wreaks more havoc over time because it goes unnoticed until the damage has been done. It quietly damages floors, walls, and ceilings, and provides mold with an ideal environment in which to thrive. Not to mention the hit your finances can take.

Here are just a few of the problems a leaking pipe can cause unless it’s repaired right away.

Higher Water Bills – That seemingly insignificant, albeit annoying, leaky faucet can waste about 350 gallons of water per year. A constantly running toilet can squander up to 8 gallons of water per hour. And you’re paying for every wasted drop.

Water Damage – Whether it’s a sudden gush of water or a slow drip, the damage to drywall, cabinetry, ductwork, electrical wiring and more, can be severe and costly to repair. Water can even destroy family treasures like antiques, photo albums, and other irreplaceable items.

Mold Remediation – If not tended to quickly and properly, a water leak can provide the perfect environment for mold growth. And while ridding a small area of mold can be a quick and inexpensive DIY project, larger, more serious problems require the assistance of a mold remediation specialist and could set you back thousands of dollars.

So, what can you do?

It’s hard not to notice a running toilet or leaky faucet. But what about leaks that you can’t easily see or hear, like those from a water-using appliance or a water pipe behind sheetrock? Thanks to today’s smart technology, you can be alerted to leaks before they do serious damage to your home and its contents. From customizable systems that learn your family’s water-using habits and alert you to unusual activity, to leak and freeze detectors that identify leaks and sense fluctuations in temperature and humidity, you can find a solution that meets your needs and budget. 

Here’s what else you can find: Plumbtastic, anytime you need an expert plumber on the scene. From leaky pipe repair to unclogging drains, new water heater installations, and so much more, Plumbtastic is the one plumber you can count on for all of life’s little plumbing emergencies.

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