Everyone knows that unattended leaking pipes can lead to extremely high water bills, expensive clean-ups and can even result in irreversible structural damage to your home through the pooling of water and flooding, however there are many more problems that go hand in hand with water leaks. In this we take a look at three often forgotten, but very serious, problems associated with leaking pipes.
Leaks can lead to mould
Excess moisture around the home can lead to the growth of mould, which can be incredibly hard to remove and result in permanent structural damage. Since pipes are often fitted in nondescript places (underneath sinks and in wall cavities), you may not notice the growth of mould until it has rapidly spread, and if the mould can’t be cleaned, the affected structure may have to be removed.
Leaking water attracts pests
Damp areas and pools of water can attract household pests like insects (including cockroaches), mites and rodents – which are not only a general nuisance, but also harmful to your health and can lead to costly pest extermination bills.
Leaks are harmful to health
Leaking pipes can result in a number of problems adverse to human health, so it’s best to have them inspected and repaired straight away. Health issues caused by the spread of mould and fungi include throat, nose and skin irritation, frequent coughing and sneezing, sinus congestion, rashes, fatigue, respiratory infection and even fever. Leaking pipes can also lead to water contamination. If contaminated tap water is consumed it can lead to serious health problems like stomach viruses and bacterial infections. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek professional medical advice, and also get a plumber to conduct a thorough check of your pipes.
JPG Plumbing specialise in water leak detection and will quickly and professionally repair any leaks present in your home, minimising further damage. If you urgently need a leak repaired, call us now on 0400 978 442.