The drip of a leaky faucet or the hum of a running toilet are annoying background noises, but the damage a leak can do goes far beyond an irritating inconvenience. A plumbing leak can cause major damage to your Birmingham, AL home and leave you with a repair expense running into thousands of dollars.
Three Minor Plumbing Leaks That Can Cause Major Damage
Damage from leaking plumbing includes rotting floor joists and wall frames, delaminated flooring, organic growth, and destroyed cabinets or countertops. Here are three minor leaks that can cause serious damage if they’re not detected quickly:
- Drain leaks caused by broken seals
- Tile leaks from crumbling grout, deteriorating caulk, or cracked tiles
- Pipe joint leaks when connection points become loose or deteriorate
The Startling Cost of Leaky Plumbing
The average homeowner can expect to pay thousands of dollars to repair and clean up water damage. While the cost depends on the type and extent of the leak, these national averages give you an idea of what you might face:
- Flooring and hardwood, $350
- Drywall, $500
- Basement damage and flooding, $1,500
- Bathroom fixtures, $3,000
- Burst pipes or leaky plumbing, $1,000
The potentially high repair cost isn’t the only bad news associated with leaky plumbing. While many homeowner policies cover sudden or accidental damage, most plans won’t cover gradual damage that results from an undetected or ignored leak.
The best way to prevent significant water damage to your home is to take advantage of the plumbing services offered by a professional. If you have a plumbing leak or want a comprehensive inspection of your pipes to make sure they’re in good condition, check out the leak detection services we offer at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing or give us a call at (205) 236-4067. We provide a complete range of plumbing services, backed by our UWIN Guarantee, to communities throughout the Birmingham area.