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4 Problems that a Leaky Faucet can cause

As homeowners, we do what it takes to keep our homes in top shape and prime condition. Eventually, even after performing regular maintenance, some unexpected issues will arise from time to time.

We have been plumbing in Calgary for almost 50 years and one common problem that homeowners usually encounter has something to do with the plumbing system—a leaky faucet. A leaking tap with its continuous water dripping can be such a headache. If left unattended, problems can quickly escalate, leading to problems in your home and a large cost to your wallet.

If you’re wondering why you need to address the problem of a leaky faucet, here are four problems that it can cause.

1. Mould

Moulds grow and thrive in a moist environment. If you have a leaky faucet, it’s easy for moulds to live and multiply in the nooks and crannies of your home. The chances are that you will soon notice some dark patches, sniff a musty smell, or see staining around your leaky faucet.

Not only is mould infestation unsightly, but it can also be detrimental to the health of the whole household. It can cause skin irritation and respiratory problems. If you have a leaky faucet, it’s best to contact a plumber as soon as possible.

2. Rust

Moisture and metal don’t go well together. Unfortunately, our homes often contain metal fixtures, appliances and other components, If you have a leaky faucet, it can create a moist environment with water coming in contact with metal. For this reason, your metal fixtures can have a build-up of rust over time.

The worst thing that can happen is that the rust gets to the point of bursting a pipe, leading to major water damage and costly repairs.

3. Rot

Another major concern is how water can quickly rot your wood materials and components at home. Think about your wooden floor, wood shelving, cabinets, and countertops being impacted by a leaky faucet. Excessive and constant exposure to water can cause warping, cracking, and rot.

Not only do rotten wood components look unappealing, but they can be weak over time and pose a danger. They can also affect basic functionality and decrease property value.

4. Water Waste

Many homeowners strive to conserve energy, water, and waste to save on their water bills. Having a leaky faucet is a household problem that can lead to a huge amount of water getting wasted every day. A fixture with 4,000 drips of water a day can waste a full litre of water in just a single day. This is a lot of water wasted, and you are paying for it!

Final words

Keeping every part and component of your house maintained adequately is vital to the overall aesthetic and functionality of your home. Plumbing issues can occur easily, and a leaky faucet, for one, shouldn’t be neglected. As mentioned above, a leaky faucet can lead to mould growth, metal rust, wood rot, and water waste. As soon as you see a leaky faucet, it makes perfect sense to contact a plumber immediately.

Instant Plumbing and Heating is a highly rated Calgary team of plumbers, heating, and cooling experts. If you have problems with your leaky faucet, get in touch with us today to see how we can help!

George Pinel
George Pinel

These blog posts are brought to you from George Pinel & the Instant Plumbing team.

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