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High Costs of a Water Leak

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Of Water Is Leaking From The White Sink Pipe A water leak in a Washington, MA home

If a small water leak pops up at your Washington, MA, property, it can be tempting to just clean it up and move on. If left unchecked, that leak will eventually cause water damage that spreads, as well as could lead to a pipe break, which usually requires the advanced expertise and services of a water and mold remediation and restoration professional. Unfortunately, leaks aren’t always the easiest to detect.

Signs of a Leak

Water can be quite sneaky, especially since many of the pipes are hidden behind walls. If you notice any of the following, you may have a water issue that needs to be addressed.

  • Dampness throughout the building.
  • Metal fixtures, such as screws and nails, show signs of corrosion.
  • Floors are uneven or have begun to buckle or lift.
  • Visible stains on carpeting or rugs.
  • Excess condensation is found.
  • Lingering musty odors.
  • Signs of mold growth on porous surfaces.
  • Ceilings are drywall have stains.

Potential Costs
A water leak, even a small one, can have far-reaching and costly consequences.

Water Bills: Considering that a leaky faucet that drips once every second can equal 3,000 gallons of wasted water, a leaky pipe with a faster drip could send your bill skyrocketing. Along with the environmental issues, that big bill may lead to other bills from repair services.
Mold Growth: In the right conditions, mold can begin to form and spread within 48 hours. If a hidden leak is left dripping moisture, those spores will quickly spread to unaffected areas. Within weeks, there could be a massive mold infestation that may require a temporary shutdown while the mold is eradicated and repairs made.
Structural Damage: From the foundation to the floors and ceilings, water damage can quickly spread and affect the integrity of a structure. Rotted beams and crumbling foundations are expensive to repair, as well as create unsafe conditions for anyone in the building.

While hopefully extensive issues don’t arise, that can easily happen if a water leak isn’t taken seriously.

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