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If you’ve never had a leak around your home then you may not really understand what the big deal is or the repercussions involved. Or if you’ve only ever had a small drip of a leak then you are likely not aware of just what it can mean for you. So, let’s take a look at just what a leak could really result in throughout your home. We’ll start with the least problematic aspects of a leak and keep working our way up to what the most extreme problems you could have are.
A mess to wipe up. The least you’re going to get as a result of a leak is a little bit of a mess. If you have a very small leak or a little bit of a drip you may have to wipe up some water off your counter or floors. You may have to do this periodically until you get the leak fixed, but it’s generally not going to be a big problem. That doesn’t mean you want to ignore this type of leak. You still want to get it fixed up as early as possible, but you’re going to have less of a mess, which could mean that it’s more difficult to recognize the problem.
Lack of water pressure. When you have a leak, even a small one, it can change the amount of water pressure that you have available in your home. You may not get as much pressure in the shower or even in your sinks. This may not seem like a big deal, but every time you turn the water on and you’re not getting the pressure that you expect you’re also releasing even more water through that leak, which means you’re getting even more of a mess and even more damage that you’ll have to clean up later. This may be one of the ways that you even realize you need a plumber for your San Antonio, TX home.
Damaged floor covering. Carpeting, wood floors, laminate and any other type of flooring that you might have will be damaged by water. While tile and laminate will be all right for a while, if you have a small leak and make sure to wipe it up, you’re going to eventually have too much water sitting for even short periods of time, which will damage the floors. Then, you’re going to need to hire someone to come out and put in entirely new floors, which is going to cost you depending on the type of flooring that you want to have installed.
Rotted floorboards. As water starts to seep out you’re going to have rotting under your feet. This is especially dangerous if the leak is happening somewhere under the floor or in the walls because you may not even see it at first. That means it’s causing damage to your floors without you even realizing what’s happening. In the end, you’re going to end up with floors that need to be replaced and that’s not just the covering on the top of the floors. It’s actually about replacing the boards that are supporting the house and make up the surface you walk on.
Water damaged walls. If the leak is in an upper level room that water can start to seep down into your walls. As that happens you may notice bubbling paint or wallpaper or even a bad smell as it starts to rot underneath. With just a small amount of water damage you’ll notice damage to paint and more. With extensive water damage you’re going to actually have your walls crumbling from the inside out. Letting the leak continue for too long means that your upper floors are actually losing the support of the walls under them and that takes more than a plumber.
Mold in your home. Water that’s left for too long and that starts to break down walls or floors or anything else in your home causes mold. And mold will actually damage the house more as well as making your entire family sick. You could suffer from minor illnesses like colds but older or younger members of the family could actually suffer from very serious complications because of mold. Calling a plumber early could help you get rid of the problem, but you’d have to recognize that there is a problem before you can do that.
A rotten foundation. If you let a leak go on for too long it can actually start to seep into your floors and further. Before you know it, you have rotten boards in your foundation and now you’ve got an even more serious problem. Now, you’re going to have to do some serious work on your home and that’s going to require more than just a plumber. It’s going to require a construction crew that can come out and take care of things.
In the end, even a small leak could end up costing you a great deal. It can cost you time trying to clean up after it. It can cost you money as you start to have to replace different pieces within your San Antonio, TX home and it can cost you your health because your family gets sick from mold. It’s definitely a good idea to make sure a plumber is on your call list and that you are ready and able to call them at a moments’ notice. You don’t want to put your family through the problems associated with a water leak.
Keep in mind that there’s a great deal going on behind the scenes with any leak that you see. If you can see it and start to recognize a puddle forming that means there’s probably something even more serious happening within the walls and the floors. Calling bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio, TX out will take care of things before it becomes serious. After all, you definitely don’t want to be calling for construction help, mold remediation or any of the other things that are going to cost a great deal of money and take a great deal of time. A plumber can take care of things before that happens, if you call them in time.