Water leaks happen. It's possible for even well-maintained plumbing to spring a small leak, though it is less likely when you have had your home's plumbing taken care of on a regular basis by a qualified plumber. Water leaks that go undetected or aren't repaired immediately can have lasting ill-effects on your home and even your health.
Hidden water leaks encourage rot and weaken of the integrity of your home’s structural components. The studs inside your walls, your flooring, and drywall can rot or otherwise become weakened and require replacement. In a worst-case scenario, you can experience severe foundation issues. Slab leaks are one of the most dangerous types to go undetected, as they can actually cause the concrete in your foundation to collapse or heave. Both of these actions can result in severe damage to your home's structure.
Water leaks provide perfect environments for mold to begin growing. Mold can compound rot problems, and it can be difficult to remove once it has contaminated a surface or structure. Its musty odor can pervade areas beyond the leak itself. Eventually, mold growth can become severe and present health risks such as respiratory issues to your family.
Leaks are often hidden and difficult to detect by homeowners alone. One thing to pay attention to is your water bill. If you notice a gradual increase, you may have a water leak. It's always a good idea to have a plumber inspect your home's plumbing annually or semiannually.
Peter Levi Plumbing provides expert leak detection with trained specialists and advanced equipment to pinpoint the location and cause of a water leak. Don't let a water leak get out of control and damage your home. Contact us at (415) 814-6900 today.