It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp, and your pipes are starting to freeze. As a homeowner, you know that frozen pipes can lead to costly leaks in pipes. But what you may not know is that even a small leak can cause major damage to your home—and your wallet.
Cracks in pipes
A tiny 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew out up to 250 gallons of water per day—that’s more than 10 gallons per hour! And those gallons add up quickly, with the average water bill in the US costing about $70 per month. So a single leaky pipe could end up costing you hundreds of dollars per year—and that’s not even taking into account the cost of repairs to your home.
Side effects of leaks in pipes
Even a slow drip can cause mold and mildew to form, which can lead to health problems for you and your family. Mold spores can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and fever, while mildew can cause skin irritation and allergies. In severe cases, mold and mildew can cause serious lung infections. Treating these health problems can be expensive, so it’s best to prevent them in the first place.
Freezing causing leaks in pipes
Frozen pipes are nothing to scoff at—they can cause some serious damage to your home (not to mention your wallet). So take some time this autumn to winterize your home by insulating any exposed pipes and letting your taps drip overnight. And if you do find yourself with a leaky pipe, don’t hesitate to contact or call New Century Plumbing. It’s better to be safe (and dry) than sorry!