Dealing with issues in your Lake Bluff, Illinois, home is never fun, but ignoring certain problems can come with serious consequences. Plumbing is an area of your home that you should never ignore, as even a small leak could lead to expensive problems to repair.

Damage to the Structure

Whether the water is coming from a clogged toilet or a broken pipe, any amount of it can cause serious damage to your structure, including the drywall and flooring. If the leak occurs on an upper level, the moisture could destroy the floor, causing heavy items to fall through and pose a safety risk.

When the water does come from a pipe connected to a sewage line, like a toilet, the risk of contamination is also high. The water coming through the damaged pipe or component could be full of bacteria. If the contaminated water touches any type of carpeting or soft flooring, you’ll have to tear it all out and replace it. This can become expensive and time-consuming.

Mold Growth

Another common issue that comes from ignoring plumbing problems and water leaks is mold growth. Mold grows where there’s moisture, especially in dark places that are rarely accessed, like crawl spaces, basements and attics.

If you have mold in your home, you may feel allergic symptoms like congestion, sore throat and headache. Those who already suffer from existing breathing conditions, such as asthma and COPD, may experience worsening symptoms as a result of mold exposure.

Wasting Water

A leaky pipe or a broken faucet can also waste a lot of water. Even a leak of a single drop per minute can waste up to 34 gallons of water in a year.

This type of water waste is expensive and harmful to the environment. It’s not always easy to know when you have a leak, especially since pipes are often installed behind the walls or between floors. Keep an eye on your water bill to look for sudden spikes or drastic changes between months.

The plumbing experts at Carefree Comfort offer a complete range of services, from routine maintenance to emergency repairs. Instead of ignoring your plumbing issue, give us a call at 847-388-0115.

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