Importance of Early Leak Detection
There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes in the walls and attic of your house. You have electrical wires, cables for your television, and many types of pipes for your plumbing. With so much going on, it can be difficult to make sure everything is working properly. Fortunately, your plumbing takes some of the mystery out of the process by giving you a signal when there is a problem. The signal comes in the form of a leak. Sometimes, though, the leak does not happen right in front of you. That is why you need to inspect your property from time to time so you can detect any leaks early.
Early Detection Makes a Big Difference
If you do not detect a leak early, the moisture will accumulate in your walls, ceilings, or supporting structures. That will weaken those areas over time. You could end up with serious structural damage which can put you and your family at risk. At any rate, it will put your bank account at risk when you have to pay for those repairs.
Weakening structures aren't the only problem. A leak can also affect your health. The accumulation of water can lead to mould. Exposure to mould can cause nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation, respiratory issues, rashes, and headaches. It also worsens the symptoms of asthma. Some believe it even causes asthma, although further research is needed to determine if that is true.
Finally, pests like cockroaches, silverfish, and carpenter ants are attracted to excess water and moist places. If you do not fix a leak quickly, you could end up with an infestation on your hands.
Inspect your home on a regular basis and fix leaky pipes as soon as you notice them. That is the best way to protect your asset and your health. Otherwise, you could end up being up to your nose in bills (and water).