How a Small Plumbing Drip Could Cost You Thousands

A small drip or leak in a pipe may not seem like a threat but it can be costly if you don’t have it repaired. Many people will procrastinate fixing a drip or leak in their plumbing or use a “quick fix” to temporarily delay a real repair. If you have a pipe under a sink with a drip and put a bucket under it or just wrap it with plumber’s tape, it could cost your thousands of dollars down the road. The same is true for a toilet base that is leaking or other drips from plumbing fixtures.

If you ignore or put a temporary fix on plumbing leaks or drips, you could regret it later. Water is corrosive and it will continue to seep through any loose fitting or hole in plumbing if not repaired correctly. While plumbing tape or catching drips can minimize damage temporarily, eventually a small leak can lead to a pipe bursting or a major water leak. If you are not at home when this happens, it can cause:

  • Flooding in your home
  • Ruined floors, ceilings, walls and furniture
  • Extensive, emergency repairs needed for plumbing and your home
  • Mold invasion that can cause health problems and require expensive removal

While a plumbing repair may seem expensive at the time, it is much more cost efficient than what can occur if you procrastinate or use a temporary fix. It is worth the investment to correctly fix pipe leaks, dripping faucets, leaking water heaters and other plumbing issues immediately. In the long run, it can save you thousands of dollars in home repairs and prevent unexpected plumbing emergencies in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Broken Pipe Repairs

A broken pipe is a serious plumbing problem especially if it is a pressurized water line or drain line that’s hidden behind the walls or buried underground.  Broken pipes can be caused by many different things but one of the most common is a frozen pipe.  Since water expands when it freezes, a frozen pipe is a real problem.  As the water freezes inside the pipe it will expand and the pipe will crack or burst.  As soon as the weather warms up and the pipe thaws, look out!

A broken pipe can be a small leek or a steady spray of water.  In either event, you will need to call a reputable local plumber to fix the leak as quickly as possible.  A leaking or broken pipe can cause severe damage to walls, floor and ceilings as well as causing water damage to your personal property.

In addition, a leaky pipe wastes a lot of water and damp or wet walls, ceilings, floors, insulation, and other areas promote mold and mildew growth.  You need to get any broken or leaking pipes fixed as quickly as possible.  While waiting for the plumber to arrive, you should turn off the main water supply inside your home. If the break is in the water supply line, try turning off the water supply at the street.

A professional plumber has the expertise to locate a broken or leaking water line that’s hidden in the walls and to repair the broken line quickly while doing as little damage to your walls, floors and ceilings as possible.