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

Troubleshooting a Water Line Leak

Your main water line on a public water system runs from its connection with the municipal water supply to your home. This water line provides your entire home with its water, making it a crucial pipe to keep in good repair. Since this line is underground, a leak is not always easy to detect. Knowing the signs and how to troubleshoot water leaks can help you know what type of water pipe repair you may need. Here are some tips on detecting a water leak issue.

  • Water usage. One of the first signs that you may have a water leak is a change in your water usage and utility bill. If your water bill spikes due to excessive water use that is unusual, you may have a major water leak.
  • Wet ground. If your main water line has a leak, it will be seeping into the ground in your yard. Even before you get a high water bill, you can spot a problem if there is a wet spot in your yard above where the water line runs.
  • Check the water meter. To determine whether a leak is inside the home or in your main water line, shut off your main water valve to your home. If the leak is inside the home, the water meter will stop running as the water supply is no longer entering the home. If it keeps running, water is pumping out through a leak in your water line between the meter and your home.

Regardless of whether you have a leak in your main water line or inside your home, you will need an expert plumbing service to pinpoint and repair the issue. Call your local plumber as soon as you know you have a water leak before it become a bigger problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283