We’ve all been there: you see a leak and a clog, and you think darn it, I don’t want to spend money on this. Nobody likes spending money, but here’s the reality: plumbing problems can cost you dearly, and they’re going to cost you a lot more if you put off dealing with them for another day. The best thing that you can do is to call a plumber, because delaying essential plumbing work can have dire consequences – including the ones outlined here.
Small issues become big ones fast
Nobody likes spending money on plumbing issues, but doing right away will likely mean that you spend less in the long run.
That’s because plumbing problems – like almost all problems in your home – will only get worse over time. A clogged drain is a quick fix, but as the clog becomes worse, the job becomes more difficult – and more costly. And that’s not to mention the damage a big clog could cause if the water backs up and floods your home! (We’ll discuss that more in the next section.)
The short-term savings of avoiding a plumbing fix just aren’t worth it, because the long-term consequences of avoiding essential maintenance and repairs are so dire. Just as with any other system – from your electrical system to your own physical health – regular check-ups and routine repairs are far preferable to emergency fixes and last-minute solutions.
Your property isn’t safe!
Your plumbing system doesn’t exist in isolation. It’s a part of your home, and that means that plumbing problems put your whole space at risk – not just your plumbing system.
It’s easy to see why. Your pipes run through your walls and under your floors; your appliances, toilets, and sinks are inside of your house; your septic tank, if you have one, exists under your beautiful yard; your connection to your local sewer system, if you have one, is of course linked right into your personal plumbing system that runs throughout your house. When you let small problems become big ones, you put all of these spaces at risk. Burst pipes can flood basements, ruining belongings and erasing memories by destroying books, photo albums, and other treasures. Waterlogged carpets can be ruined and, even if they’re salvageable, will cost you big bucks. Water ruins hardwood floors, septic tank problems are a disaster for your beautiful lawn, and leaks can stain and weaken ceilings, floors, and walls.
In other words, every single part of your home is at risk when you ignore plumbing issues – so the smart thing to do is to never ignore them!
You’re responsible for problems caused by your plumbing
It’s not just your own space that could be at risk. Some home and condo owners may find that their plumbing problems threaten their neighbors: ruined septic tanks can affect nearby yards, for instance, and plumbing problems in attached houses can run over into your neighbor’s space. If that happens, you’ll be at fault – and your plumbing problems could even lead to a lawsuit!
It’s easy to see that it never pays to put off essential plumbing work. The safest and best thing to do is to act fast when you see any sign of a plumbing problem in your home. Call an expert so that you don’t have to worry!