What Damage Can a Water Leak Cause?

Posted on: November 16, 2018

Do you want more information on what a water leak can do to your home?

While a small water leak may seem like a minor issue, it should be a major concern. Even if a water leak is very minimal, if it is allowed to continue for a long period, it is going to cause some damage.

This is one of the many reasons why contacting an emergency plumber, even for seemingly small leaks, is your best course of action.

Where do water leaks commonly occur?

The following is a short list of some of the most common places where water leaks may form:

  • Toilets
  • Washing machines
  • Water heaters
  • Water supply lines
  • Sewer lines
  • Dishwashers
  • Sinks
  • Showers

These leaks all require prompt action to prevent damage to your home and avoid high utility bills.

What damage can a water leak cause?

A water leak has the potential to cause major damage to someone’s home, which can potentially drive down the overall value. It is also essential for homeowners to understand that a water leak can create an unhealthy living environment. Occupants may begin experiencing various types of health issues since water leaks are a common cause of mold and fungi growth within a home.

Structural damage

Water leaks are a common cause of structural damage to ceilings, floors and walls. A small leak could potentially cost homeowners thousands of dollars in structural repair.

Electrical damage

Water and electricity do not mix. When a homeowner is experiencing a water leak, it is possible for the leak to find its way into the homes electrical wiring system. This poses the risk of a fire, requiring the services of a plumbing professional as soon as possible for proper repair. If a fire does not occur, your home may still lose power. This can have serious consequences for those who rely on medical devices.

Paint and wallpaper damage

Water leaks behind walls will eventually cause any paint or wallpaper to start peeling. Repainting or replacing the wallpaper in these rooms will be expensive. While this is considered to be cosmetic damage, it will lead to structural damage if not caught early enough. Do not ignore any moisture damage on your walls.

Do you currently have a leak in your home?

If you know that you have a water leak, then you should call us immediately to schedule an appointment. Our team will inspect your home and determine the best plan of action to prevent further damage.

If you are not sure if you have a water leak, then please call us and describe your situation. Some issues may be minor, which will be a big relief for you. Other conditions that you think are minor may actually be symptoms of a more pressing matter. We will quickly respond to fix this problem.

No matter what your situation may be, do not wait for the water leak to develop further. That will only increase the likelihood of damage and the cost of repairs.

Request an appointment here: https://jyplumbinghvac.com or call Jay Young Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning at (806) 318-9012 for an appointment in our Lubbock office.