Household plumbing needs to be maintained for optimal performance. If the plumbing system malfunctions, it can not only be a nuisance but can cause a ripple effect. Untreated or even undetected systematic issues (e.g. a leak) can be destructive. Waiting too long to repair broken plumbing can result in further damages (and expenses).
Plumbing leaks can be problematic. If left untreated a leak can worsen, as a minor drip magnifies into something much worse. Know the signs of a leak in order to know if you have a leak in your plumbing system or not. Some signs include low water pressure, unexpected costs in your water bill, noisy pipes, and moisture. If a leak is discovered, treat it as soon as possible and know when to call a plumber instead of attempting a DIY project in order to ensure the problem is properly fixed.
As water leaks from the pipes, the excess moisture may collect on the flooring, walls, and/or fixtures. If surfaces look warped or discolored, there may be water damage. If water damage occurs you will need to address the leak itself prior to the affected area(s) or conditions will continue to deteriorate. Contact a plumber to repair the source of the water, and then contact a qualified water damage restoration company to restore the area that has been damaged.
Not only can an untreated leak cause water damage but the excess moisture can eventually cause mold. Mold can grow as quickly as within 48 hours and can be dangerous to the health of household inhabitants. Some signs of mold include:
- Musty smell
- Wall discoloration
- Allergies, respiratory issues, and other symptoms of mold
- Visible mold
If you suspect or even see visible mold, contact a professional industrial hygienist. An industrial hygienist will be able to conduct tests to detect mold, the affected area(s) of the property, and level of mold toxicity. Again, make sure the source of moisture is addressed by a plumber prior to hiring a professional for mold remediation/removal.
Be on the lookout for leaks and potential problems. It is important to maintain the property and its plumbing system to eliminate probable damages, dangers, and expenses. If a leak is discovered, make sure to have it properly addressed. More minor plumbing issues may be able to be completed without a professional, but for larger plumbing problems, contact a capable plumber to ensure the repair is properly completed. If you discover the leak has resulted in water damage or mold issues, contact the professionals to help. SI Restoration provides water damage restoration and mold remediation services to Maryland and Washington DC. Don't let a leak bring you down; know the signs, make the repairs, and maintain your residence to prevent costly damages.