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The Risks of an Undetected Plumbing Leak in New York

Your home’s plumbing is a complex system of pipes that require constant vigilance on your part to avoid problems. However, no matter how well you maintain it, you’ll find problems pop up with your piping, such as plumbing leaks. When you get a plumbing leak in your New York home, you should try and get it fixed as soon as you can. Leaving a plumbing leak alone can result in all sorts of damage to your home.

Here are just some of the problems a plumbing leak in your New York home can cause:

 

Damaged paint and wallpaper

Since your plumbing is usually hidden behind your walls, leaks can form back there. When this happens, the water can make your paint peel or warp and wallpaper to peel or become discolored.

 

Cracked garage floor and soil erosion

There is more to your plumbing system than the pipes in your walls. Cracks in your garage floor can be caused by a leaking water line underground. Also, broken pipes underground can cause parts of your house to settle at a lower level due to erosion. Take a look at our blog post on sewer main leaks for more problems caused by these leaks.

 

Condensation

You’ve probably seen condensation form on your walls and mirror after taking a hot shower. However, if you see it forming more often or in places where it shouldn’t, that’s a likely sign of a leak.

 

Warm and damp floors

Inexplicably damp floors are a likely sign of a plumbing leak, but it may not just be a pipe. Warm dampness may indicate that you might have a problem with your water heater or sewer line. Leaking water is especially concerning when it’s warm because mold and other fungi grow best in warm, damp areas.

 

Mold and other fungi

Large amounts of mold is a big sign that your home has some sort of moisture problem. Mold and similar fungi grow in areas with lots of moisture and heat. Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health issues (including deadlier ones over the long-term,) so take mold problems seriously.

 

Damaged roofing shingles

If you ever check your shingles, it can be easy to tell when you have a plumbing leak in your roof. Bald, buckling, curling, and missing roof shingles are all signs that you’re dealing with leaks.

 

Musty smells

Mold and similar fungi have a very distinct musty, stale stench. Unless your home has one or more senior tenants, you’ll likely smell the mold before you see it. That smell should get you looking for the leak allowing the mold to grow.

 

Warped wood

Large amounts of moisture can cause wood to warp, whether it’s part of a door, a floor, or anything else. Keep an eye out for subtle damage such as curved planks, uneven surfaces, and discoloration. The last thing you want is to notice the damage too late and have to replace your entire first floor’s wooden flooring.

 

Damaged flooring

Plumbing leaks can damage more than wood flooring. When searching for leaks, check your flooring for stains, softer areas, peeling caulk, damp carpets, and loose or cracked tiles.

 

Higher water bills

When you have a plumbing leak, you’re paying for all of the water that leaks out. Finding the leak quickly is key to avoid paying a lot for the water you’re not using.

 

What makes Jones Services my best bet for dealing with leaks?

Our 30-year track record of delivering excellent customer service will give you peace of mind knowing that you have called a company that will show up on time and stands behind our work. Each of our trucks is dispatched with a truck full of parts so you do not have to wait for parts.  Our plumbing service professionals will be able to get the job done right and within a reasonable time frame – eliminating unnecessary trips to the office or supply house. Call Jones Services today to learn more about our plumbing services!

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