No one likes to hear the drip, drip, drip of a leaking faucet. At first glance, it may seem like a simple leak coming from under your kitchen sink or a clogged toilet. But did you know a leaky faucet could possibly mean that there is something more serious going on with your pipes?
When pipes corrode they leak and cause endless problems for both you and your home. Leaks can be as small as a drip, but they can also prove to be something much more disastrous to your home and belongings. Small shifts in your home’s foundation (as it settles over time) can create big adjustments in your water lines, causing them to disconnect or rupture and a nuisance for the people staying in the neighborhood. High water pressure leads to damaging wear and tear on your pipes. Water zipping through your pipes at high speeds increases the risk of your pipes bursting. The sudden changes to the direction of water flow can be too much for your pipes to bear, eventually resulting in leaks. Tiny cracks in pipes can release water vapor into the surrounding soil, where tree roots will take notice and burrow their way to your pipes causing big problems. While not as big of a concern at some places, many older homes use copper or galvanized steel piping which can be susceptible to rust. Even extreme changes in temperature (generally from cold weather) can cause pipes to crack and begin leaking. This is when we call a plumber near me.
To prevent pipes from leaking in the first place, it is important to make sure that all of these factors are under control. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call a licensed plumber from your neighborhood to perform an inspection before a small leak turns into a disaster. If you ignore leaking pipes or a clogged toilet long enough they can wreak havoc on your entire home. Poor water quality, warped and stained walls, invasive black mold, and flooding are some of the ways leaky pipes damage your whole house and end up costing a fortune.
If you see a warped or stained wall in your home it is most likely from leaky pipes. This damage, if unchecked, can lower the value of your home, costing you greatly in the future if you have plans to sell it. Having to replace a wall and the plumbing behind it can be costly as well.
Extra moisture in your home can lead to mold growth. Mold typically grows in bathrooms, but it can also be found under any sink and behind any wall. Mold from leaking pipes causes serious health problems and must be addressed promptly. The longer it is ignored the worse the damage will be, thus costing you even more. Most materials in a typical house don’t augur well in the face of moisture exposure. Water exposure can peel paint, corrode metal, cause wood rot, and generally cause the deterioration of other materials. Moreover, if the leaks are out of view, the damage may occur and spread for a long time before you notice it. Pests are usually attracted to moist places. The moisture softens the materials that the pests can eat or burrow in. Thus, you will soon be dealing with pest infestation too if your house suffers from hidden water leaks.
Many things can go wrong with your main sewer line, and a common sewer line issue can cost a lot of money to fix if left unchecked. Worse, sewer line problems can also cause health and safety issues for your neighborhood. Understanding and addressing main sewer line problems will help keep your plumbing system healthy for years to come. Clogs or blockages that occasionally occur in the home can also occur in your main sewer line. Both clogs and blockages can come from a build-up of debris, hair, grease, and other things going down the drains and piling up in the mainline. Sewer pipes don’t last forever. On top of that, many things can prematurely wear or damage your main sewer line. Pipes can break, crack, and even collapse.
You need your heating system to respond flawlessly to every demand for heating, but you likely have little spare time for all the routine maintenance the equipment needs. A simple routine maintenance agreement from your local plumber can help you meet all the maintenance requirements of your heating with far less effort on your part.
At Katy’s Plumbing, we provide fast, reliable service for commercial and residential plumbing needs. From fixing clogged toilets in Houston, leak repair to bathroom remodeling, we’re ready to earn your business. If you’re building a new home or commercial building, remodeling a kitchen or bath, or just installing a new sink or disposal, we’ve got you covered. In fact, we make the process easy and enjoyable. We have staff and the experience to help you with all your remodeling and construction needs. Don’t hesitate to enlist our services.