While some homeowners may procrastinate on household chores, repairing water leaks should not be one of them. Water leaks are not only costly, but they can result in significant problems if they do not get addressed. If you have any leaks in your home this fall, you should call a professional plumber to repair them to prevent the following winter water problems.
Water leaks can put pipes in danger of freezing. If the water leak is in an area near an outside wall, the water can freeze and burst the pipes. The same is true if a pipe is leaking that is beneath the floor or in the ceiling. Leaks located beneath floors or inside walls and ceilings are called silent leaks, and these are among the worst kinds because homeowners often do not know there is a problem until there is serious damage. If you have water leaking from pipes associated with outdoor spickets, these must be addressed because they can freeze and burst. Even leaks in the bathroom or beneath the kitchen sink can lead to winter water-related problems.
If you have not had leak detection services, it’s important to schedule an appointment. During a leak detection appointment, plumbers will use special equipment that can detect silent leaks. If plumbers spot any silent leaks, they will advise you on your repair options.
Winter water leaks can lead to catastrophic property damage. The national average that homeowners may spend to repair water-related property damage is $1,307 – $5,734. Water cleanup and some minor repairs may fall on the lower end of this range, while severe property damage along with mold remediation will make the cost increase exponentially. If the damage is extensive enough, an entire job can cost upwards of $10,000 or more. If plumbers must contend with inclement weather, they will also factor that into their costs.
Warning Signs of a Water Leak
Some warning signs can alert you to the presence of a leak. For example, if you notice a sudden spike in your water bill and have not engaged in extensive water usage, a leak may be the reason. If you notice a drop in water pressure, a leak can be the culprit for this also. Additionally, water pooling near pipes is a sure sign of a leak.
To ensure you have an enjoyable winter with family and friends, you should do all you can to prevent winter water problems. To protect your Brighton, CO home this winter, contact Royal Services to ask about our emergency plumbing and leak repair services.