Many of us have been guilty of putting off repairs of a small water leak, rationalizing that “it’s just a small leak” or “how much trouble can it cause?”
It might be an easy repair to ignore or to put off in the moment, but the reality is that it’s a problem that often becomes increasingly worse until it’s addressed.
What starts as a tiny leak can actually lead to a burst pipe and a plumbing emergency. Today we’ll talk about water leaks, how they can lead to major problems and how you should deal with them.
The Risk of a Burst Pipe
What seems like a harmless leak can become a plumbing emergency over time. Even though it seems like a small water leak doesn’t put too much pressure on your pipes, the cumulative effect of such a leak does.
The constant flow of water through a hole in your pipe gradually chips away at the pipe. This ongoing pressure continues to push at the hole until it grows and reaches a breaking point.
When it does this, it can lead to a burst pipe. Given this risk, it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible. The longer that a water leak goes on, the more strain you put on your pipes, which risks more significant problems.
The Ease of Addressing a Water Leak
When given the option of repairing either a leaking pipe or a burst pipe, pretty much everyone would choose the leaking pipe. This is a relatively simple, quick, and inexpensive repair.
In contrast, dealing with a burst pipe is a major project. It’s expensive, complicated, and often causes substantial damage to your home. It might go without saying, but you want to avoid dealing with a burst pipe whenever possible.
One simple way that you can help to avoid this issue is by addressing water leaks as soon as possible. Taking care of this simple repair can save you lots of money, time, and stress down the road.
Play it Safe with Your Plumbing
It’s always a good idea to pay it safe when it comes to your home’s plumbing. By taking care of some easy preventative maintenance, you can help to make sure that you are playing it safe with your plumbing and that you’re doing everything you can to avoid a plumbing emergency.
When it comes to water leaks, you want to have them repaired as soon as you find them. And you want to be proactive about locating leaks. If you haven’t had your pipes inspected recently, it’s a good idea to do so to help identify any leaks that you might not have noticed or any problem areas that might lead to issues in the future.
This very simple inspection can help you to avoid having ongoing leaks, which can increase your water bill and put you at risk of a burst pipe or major plumbing emergency. If you need to have your pipes inspected or if you have any questions about your piping system, call John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, and Air today at (402) 809-1116. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions or to address any concerns that you have.