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Should a Minor Water Leak Be a Concern?

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Drip. Drop. Drip. Drop.

Rain falling on your window? Wrong. That’s the sound of that leaking pipe again. But it's just a little water leak, right? Wrong.

What seems like a harmless leak may be a precursor for something very dangerous later on. Something like a burst pipe. Don’t let your minor problems turn into major ones by allowing a leak to grow into a flood.

Keep reading to find out more about the dangers of leaky pipes and how to keep them under control.

The Leaky, Sneaky Pipe

waterleakSo, you’ve probably known about the leaky pipe for some time now. Why haven’t you done anything about it? Probably because right now it just seems like a drip of water every once in a while.

It’s important to realize that these little leaks can become large ones, and they can grow fast. As water continues to run, often at full pressure through a hole, the hole has the potential to expand into a burst pipe.

Burst pipes occur when the pipe is broken open to expose the full flow of water or whatever substance is supposed to be traveling through it. Don’t let a drip-drop turn into a flood by avoiding the problem. It will save you lots of time and money in the future, and it will be safer for you and your entire family. Take preventative measures, and when you notice a leak, patch it.

The Impact of Water Leaks

burstpipeIf you’re experiencing water leaks in your home, you may also be having problems with corrosion. This means the metal pipes are slowly breaking down and allowing water to pass through.

That is a problem, but it is cheaper to fix than a burst pipe. Water leaks deal with a small area and tiny amounts of water passing through. Whereas, a burst pipe may require a full replacement and cause flooding.

If you’re experiencing leaky pipes, patching is available for purchase and professional plumbers can always help if you don’t feel comfortable patching the leak yourself. However, a professional might be required to replace a fully burst pipe. The early bird catches the worm every time in this scenario.

Practice Safe Plumbing

safeplumbingBy being proactive and catching the malfunction while it’s still just a tiny leak, you can save so much time and money. The main reason many people complain about plumbing costs is that they let their problems get out of hand before they finally call the plumber.

Be sure to check your pipes frequently for leaks and corrosion. It is important to be aware if there are any trouble spots that may cause future problems. The most important goal is safety, and you have to be aware of the problem areas in order for your plumbing to be safe.

If you have questions about your plumbing or think you spot trouble areas or leaks, call us today for a checkup. Don’t let those little leaks get the best of you. Take control of your home and your pipes today!