There are lots of places where your home can leak. For example, fixtures such as faucets, toilets, and tubs commonly drip inside your house, and your foundation and roof can leak as well. While these types of leaks happen often, that doesn’t mean you should ignore them, especially if they are easy to repair. We’ll take a look at the consequences of household leaks in this post, as well as how you can treat them.
Leaks Are Costly
How high is your water bill every month? Now think about the water that could be trickling out in multiple areas of your home. No matter how big or small the leaks are, you’re unintentionally using water. If you want to avoid spending more than necessary on your monthly water bills, see if you can find any leaks. If you do find some, have a professional come and fix them for you right away.
What if water seeps through your walls, or found its way underneath your floors, you’ll have some expensive repairs on your hands. This is because it is not easy to access water pipes, so you will likely have to tear out portions of your flooring or walls. It is also possible that the water may damage parts of your sink or tub, so naturally, you’ll need to replace them as well. If the damage is severe enough, the water can even damage your appliances and furniture. This can have a serious impact, especially if you invested heavily in your possessions.
On the same hand, standing water produces a strange, musty odor that lasts for weeks, so getting rid of it is a challenging process. No doubt, it is going to cost you money and time to remedy the smell. You will have to dry out the room with a dehumidifier, and you must get to the bottom of the smell if you want it to dissipate for good. A simple potpourri does mask the smell, but it isn’t a long-term solution to the odor. This is where you are probably going to invest in a combination of different products to eliminate it.
To put it simply, if you want to save some cash, as well as stress, it is worth investigating your living space for the culprits behind any leaks. Trust us—you’ll thank us later for the extra cash you can put toward other expenses. Plus, to preserve your home’s interior and exterior for a long time, the sooner you fix the leaks, the less they will impact your residence.
Your Property Value Decreases
Without a doubt, when you sell your home, you want to secure the highest resale price possible. But – if your house has noticeable water damage, the price will, without a doubt, drop. Property damage repel most prospective homeowners. No one pictures themselves living in a home with warped or stained ceilings and walls—they want a home that looks new. At the end of the day, these problems will affect the final selling price. Therefore, to minimize wet spots and other damage, it is in your best interest to take care of the leaks before they impact your entire living space.
Leaks Can Become a Health and Safety Hazard
There is no denying that leaking pipes, over time, affect indoor air quality. Standing water encourages bacteria growth. Additionally, many surfaces, including tile and wood, can grow mold and mildew if they don’t dry fast enough. The spores produced from these fungi can irritate those with severe allergies or asthma. The symptoms of these contaminants can make your family sick. You don’t want your loved ones (including your pets) suffering due to mold and mildew. Similarly, water damage can increase people’s risks of developing infections or respiratory issues. This damage can also attract disease-carrying pests, like mosquitoes, mice, and other insects and rodents. In this case, it is in your best interest to keep everyone in your house healthy by lessening any additional moisture in the first place.
At the same time, excess water in your home can get dangerous quickly. For instance, if a foundation leak floods your basement, this water may affect electrical equipment and start a fire. Thus, if you notice water near wall outlets, be sure to immediately clean up the moisture and find a way to resolve the underlying issue. Do not procrastinate on this—you don’t want to put yourself and your family in danger.
Wasting Precious Resources
Untreated leaks can waste 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water every year. These droplets may seem like nothing at the moment, or perhaps they’re not immediately obvious to you; however, over time, you are losing a lot of water that typically goes toward everyday tasks. To reduce your environmental impact, try your best to promptly remedy the leaks you encounter. This way, you can conserve a significant amount of water.
Some leaks are easy to detect, while others may be invisible until the worst-case scenario happens. That is why you should employ experienced contractors. They can handle any advanced restoration projects, such as sealing foundation cracks caused by water leaks. If you want the best company to fix these cracks, consider contacting Toledo Basement Repair. We are experts in foundation repair and basement waterproofing in Toledo and its surrounding cities.
You can trust that our team will give your home our undivided attention. We will thoroughly examine your home before performing any tasks. Plus, we’ll thoroughly explain how we’ll fix the damage found on your property before the work gets started. If you are concerned about water leaks in your home and would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (419) 297-6138
Kevin Oberhouse was raised in Toledo with 7 siblings. Dawn and Kevin have four kids.
The Oberhouse family lives in the house Kevin built when with his first crew. Kevin’s parents invited more than 100 foster children into their home throughout his life. Kevin believes this part of his life really helped to build empathy for others.
Kevin has a degree in civil engineering and went on to get an MBA as well as multiple other certifications in structural systems, egress systems, air quality, and commercial and residential roofing, among many others.
Toledo Basement Repairs promises to treat you and your project with respect and our best professional judgment. There is plenty of work out there and Toledo Basement Repair will not push you into a system that you do not fully understand or feel comfortable with.