There’s no need to worry about a small leak, right? It’s just a little nuisance and not something that needs to be addressed. And, if there’s a small leak somewhere that you haven’t even noticed, you certainly don’t need to worry about that.
After all, if you don’t even know it’s there, it surely can’t be that much of a problem. Unfortunately, these are often the famous last words of homeowners before a pipe bursts, or a major plumbing issue arises.
Many people don’t realize the damage that can be caused by even the smallest of leaks. Today we’ll talk through why these leaks are problematic and how you can prevent the plumbing problems that they can cause.
The Risks of Burst Pipes
It seems like a small leak, producing just a drip of water, isn’t that much of a problem. That might be true, but the issues with leaks are their compounding effects. That little drip of water is constant.
Over time, it chips away at the pipe and gradually breaks it down. This causes the hole to get larger, obviously producing more water through the leak. If it’s not fixed, the problem will continue to get worse and will eventually reach a breaking point.
Unfortunately, many times the breaking point is a burst pipe. While it’s hard to imagine the tiniest of leaks causing a burst pipe, when you think about the fact that the leaking is constant and that the problem will grow, it’s easier to envision how this can happen.
Choose to Fix a Leak Rather than a Burst Pipe
Burst pipes lead to a major plumbing emergency. The repair process is complicated and the damage is often extensive, sometimes flooding large areas of your home.
For most homeowners, a burst pipe is one of the most dreaded plumbing events, and they’ll do almost anything possible to avoid them. In contrast, a water leak is relatively easy to fix. It’s a quick and affordable repair that rarely causes any major damage.
When given the option between a water leak and a burst pipe, almost everyone chooses the water leak, and we highly recommend that you do the same. So rather than ignoring or putting off repair of a water leak, make fixing any leaks a priority.
Play it Safe With Your Plumbing
As discussed, plumbing emergencies can be expensive, inconvenient and stressful. As a result, it’s always a good idea to play it safe with your plumbing. What this means for leaks is that you should work to identify any leaks as early as possible.
Just because you can’t see a leak doesn’t mean that your pipes are in good condition. To stay on top of pipe maintenance, it’s important to schedule regular pipe inspections. Doing this will enable you to identify and repair any problems as early as possible.
Plus, not only will doing this help you avoid a plumbing emergency, but it will also help you avoid wasting water and paying more for your water bills. Plumbing is an area where it’s always a good idea to play it safe, so schedule pipe inspections and repairs today before you have to do an entire home repipe service.
If you’re concerned that your pipes are leaking or just want to schedule a pipe inspection, call Peterman Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, Inc. today at 317-751-0228.