Drip. Drip. Drip.
It can get annoying, hearing or knowing that you have a leak into your bathroom. However, for some folks, as long as it doesn’t cause a small-scale flood, what’s the problem? A little water never hurt anyone, they’ll say.
This is a mistake. Fixing a leak should be a priority because of all the costs involved if you let it go on too long.
Here are the main reasons a leak should be fixed as soon as possible.
The first one is cost.
The longer a leak persists, the more you end up paying. This isn’t about repairs, but about utility bills. The more water you use, the more you pay. A leak counts as you using water, as far as the service company is concerned. Your bills will get more expensive, even if it’s just small increments.
Leaking water also leads to mould.
If you don’t fix a leak, the water begins to damage the walls. The drywall becomes moist, and that will make its way to the visible areas of the wall and produce stains. If you’re lucky, this process happens quickly, and you can get it fixed in time.
If you wait too long, the wet sections can lead to mould growth. This is very costly because it needs a specialist and the removal of vast areas of the wall.
Water can also damage flooring and fixtures.
Water is subject to gravity, which means it flows downhill. Any leaks in areas such as the bathroom will lead to pooling on and under the floors. If your bathroom is on the second floor, that means it may eventually start flowing into the lower areas.
In bathrooms or kitchens, leaks can lead to loose tiles. Floorboards might become discoloured, particularly in and around the leaking area.
In extreme cases, these areas will need to be retouched or replaced. Such work is expensive and can get even more so if pulling them out is required to find the source of the problem.