It’s just a little drip, right? It’s easy to see a drip here or there from a faucet or pipe and think it’s no big deal. The problem is, it doesn’t take much for water to do some serious damage to your home. We’re giving you 5 important reasons you should fix those leaks right away.
- Moisture from leaks or flooding can lead to mold growth in as little as 24 hours.
- Mold can hide in areas like ceiling tiles, behind walls, in attics, or under flooring. Although you may not see it for 1-2 weeks, once mold grows, it can be difficult and expensive to take care of. If wet areas are not dried completely, they are a breeding ground for mold and fungi to grow and flourish.
- Growth of mold can even affect personal items and the structural integrity of your home if it is not taken care of.
- Mold can be toxic to your health, causing respiratory problems including infections and difficulty breathing. Everyone is at risk, even the healthy. However, not everyone exposed to mold will have a reaction or develop illness. Some people are more sensitive to mold. There are also those who are more susceptible and at risk. They include the elderly, infants and children, those with respiratory issues like asthma, those with compromised immune systems, and those with chronic lung disease.
- Mold can trigger allergic reactions and flu-like symptoms including headaches, sore throat, nasal stuffiness, wheezing or coughing, throat irritation, eye irritation, asthma attack or asthma like symptoms, lung infection, sinus infection, rash or hives, fatigue, depression, and, a weakened immune system causing constant sickness.
- Often people are unaware mold is present and go on experiencing these conditions for a long period of time. If you have experienced recent water damage or flooding and are experiencing these symptoms, mold could very likely be the cause.
Odors & Stains
- It only takes a short time for surfaces to become musty and smelly after exposure to water. Carpets are the biggest culprit and can begin to smell very quickly.
- If mold is present, you may smell it before you see it. It will give off a musty or damp odor.
- Water stains on floors, walls, and ceilings will set in and become permanent if not cleaned and dried immediately. These stains are sometimes resistant to paint and can decrease the overall value of your home.
- Water can absorb quickly and easily into many parts of a house. Wet drywall can warp, swell, or even start deteriorating, and may need to be torn out and replaced. Support beams and other structures made from wood can become soft and weak threatening a home’s structural integrity.
- Pipes can become corroded and break down from elements found in flood water.
- Damaged electrical systems are unsafe and wiring, outlets, and electrical boxes may need to be inspected by a professional.
- Even concrete and brick can start to erode if not properly sealed, compromising a structure.
- When water is leaking that means water is being wasted. When water usage in your home is up, water bills may go up as well.
- Toilets are the most common culprit of water leaks. A toilet left running can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day! It’s important to check for leaks frequently and get professional help if you’re having trouble identifying or fixing the leak on your own.
- Dripping faucets and leaking valves under sinks can be another cause of water waste. Check these areas often and fix any drips or leaks as soon as you can. Often, these are some of the easiest parts to fix on your own.
- Be sure to check under dishwashers and washing machines for any signs of water leaks or damage. Signs may include warped flooring, or any kind of discoloration on walls or cabinets.
The last thing you want to be thinking is “I wish I would have fixed that sooner!” Leaks should be repaired without delay. A little bit of maintenance work can go a long way when it comes to preventing water damage.
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