Posted on 11/5/2012

Water leaks can present serious problems to homeowners and their property. Not only can water leaks increase energy costs, but they can potentially damage your home as well. Preventing leaks is one of the best ways to prevent water damage, and consulting with an experienced plumber can help keep your home safe. Some leaks can be hard to detect, however, and can lead to serious complications. Keep reading to learn more about the potential damage a water leak can cause.

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Structural Damage
Even small leaks can create severe structural damage over time. Water can create rust and gradually weaken your home’s foundation and interior. If left unresolved or simply unnoticed, water leaks can result in heavy flooding, which can potentially ruin your lawn or garden as well.

Mold and Mildew
Mold is a common and dangerous problem associated with water leaks. Water accumulation is a key ingredient in biological growth inside a home. When your home’s interior develops mold or mildew, you and your family face a greater risk of allergic reaction, lung damage, or other health problems. Stopping the leak as soon as possible is essential in preventing the growth of mold and mildew. Although addressing an already present mold issue may require additional attention, contacting a professional plumber to stop the water damage at its source is fundamentally important.

Electrical Damage
Water leaks can cause shorts in faulty or exposed wiring. The risk of shock or fire damage should make managing a leaky drain or faucet a top priority. Although these kinds of risks are generally rare and hard to anticipate, making sure that your plumbing system works properly can help prevent them.

If you have a water leak or any other plumbing emergency, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 549-9600. At Arrow Plumbing, we take pride in offering the most reliable and enjoyable plumbing experience to all of our customers in the Libertyville area.