Why Every Plumbing Leak Should Be Taken Very Seriously

Many homeowners view a water leak as a minor issue, or they choose to overlook it entirely. The thought is that a drip of water will not do any real damage. And they don’t want to take the time to deal with a visit from their plumber. And all too often, the tiny drip or minor leak gets forgotten. And the next time the issue gets anyone’s attention, the slight issue is now a severe and costly problem. But unfortunately, most people do not foresee the complications that come from ignoring a tiny water leak, which can include:

  • Wasted Water- In many parts of the country, water is becoming a more valued resource. Less rain and more homes mean that water is in short supply in places like California. Much of the state lives with watering restrictions and drought conditions almost the entire year. And no matter where you live, it is never wise to waste a limited natural resource. Calling a plumber at the first sign of a leak is always the best course of action to avoid waste and many complications associated with water leaks.
  • Mold Contamination- Mold and mildew prosper in warm moist areas. And when you have a water leak in your Waukesha home, mold is sure to find it and thrive. It can take less than 24 hours for toxic black mold to begin contaminating your home once there is enough moisture. This mold growth will be concealed inside walls and floors, under bathroom tile, or in carpeting in many cases. Even though you do not see it, you will feel the symptoms of its presence. They can include itchy, red eyes, difficulty breathing, sneezing, a dry cough, and fatigue. Also, the mold can damage your home’s structural integrity as it weakens wood and other building materials.
  • Water Contamination- If water is leaking out of your home’s pipes or fixtures, contaminants can also be finding their way into the water lines. If you see flecks or specks in your water or notice that it is not as clear as it once was, the issue could be contamination from a damaged water line or fixture. And even more concerning is the thought that microscopic mold spores could also be contaminating your drinking water. 
  • Pest Intrusions- Much like the mold, pets are very opportunistic. And when water is accessible thanks to a leak, you will begin seeing an influx of pests. Termites and ants love feasting on moist wood and other materials used to build your home. And the water invites more than just bugs. Rodents are happy to find a reliable source of water. They will begin gnawing their way into your home and nesting in walls, floors, or even cabinetry.

Signs Of Water Leaks

The best way to avoid all of these costly and upsetting issues is to be on the lookout for water leaks in your home. Some of the most common indications are:

  • Unexplained water on the floor or moist carpet
  • Bulges or discoloration on walls, ceilings, or floors
  • Unexplained wet areas in your yard
  • Excessively tall, lush grass in one part of your yard
  • An influx of bugs in your home
  • Signs of a rodent infestation such as droppings or holes in walls or floors

When you notice any of these things, the culprit could be a water leak in your home. The best course of action is always to call in a professional plumber to inspect for water leaks. Call (262) 710-2808 to schedule an appointment with one of the Jeff’s Custom Care Plumbing pros.