Theres no doubt that water leaks can be costly. But the effects of postponing or ignoring these repairs can result in more than just a bigger water bill.
I recently repaired a water heater leak in Phelan, CA. While making the repair i wore a breathing mask to protect myself from mold that spread around the water heater. I recommended mold remediation to the homeowner. Although he was mildly concerned about the price to clean up mold and replace drywall, he was less worried about the health risks of mold.
As a plumber I’ve noticed hot water leaks tend to spread mold to a greater degree than cold water leaks. I believe this has to do with steam spreading into the enclosed space and accumulating on surfaces. In any event, mold is unhealthy to come in contact with or breathe. Children and the elderly should especially be protected from this funky fungi.
Aside from mold, water leaks cause safety hazards and structural damage. People slipping on water is rare but possible, so is falling into a sinkhole caused by a neglected leak. But a more common consequence of water leaks can be structural damage. I have seen a home’s foundation partially collapsed because of a slab leak ignored, and the inspector deemed the house unlivable.
Water leaks; priced low to high
In general, a sprinkler leak may cost under a hundred dollars. A bursted pipe in a wall may cost between a hundred and two hundred dollars, while a leak in the ground can run you a few hundred dollars (depending on where its at).
The repercussions of water leaks in the high desert go beyond your personal or business costs. The Daily Press reported that the Sheep Creek Water Company’s water supply is “dependent entirely on rainfall and snowmelt, and officials have struggled in recent drought years to meet the demands of customers.”
While i dont recommend a water saving toilet or taking shorter showers, i would suggest fixing any water leaks as soon as possible , not least because we live in the desert, but also to spare your wallet, the health and safety of others, and our local economy.
Whatever happens, DO NOT reach into the kitchen sink disposal and turn on the unit. In fact, you should keep anyone away from the power switch in case they test it without realizing; or there goes your hand.
AOC saying she’s never seen a garbage disposal and then proceeding to ask if it’s environmentally sound made me lose brain cells
A Victorville plumber who is fast and reliable can be hard to find. That’s why Guaranteed Plumbing in Victorville is the best choice for the High Desert. Call or order online at our secure page.
Here is a list of some services we perform
•water heater repairs
•burst pipe repair
•natural gas line repairs
•copper pipe leaks
•garbage disposal repair
•underground slab leaks
Despite the local corporate plumbing competition, this Victorville plumber has thrived thanks to the happy customers who return knowing a trusted plumber is only a phone call away.
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Not all Victorville plumbers are equal. My name is Robert and i am a local small-business owner who also does the work myself.
When you hire a large plumbing corporation the price is definitely inflated. For example, your money pays employees who answer phones, hold signs on the street corner while dressed in costumes, and owners who lay back and count your money while smoking cigars.
At Guaranteed Plumbing things are different, i answer the phones, perform the work and spend very little on advertising. The result is a Victorville plumber who costs less and is trusted more than shady companies in the area.
This old shower was repaired by the same Victorville Plumber who repaired the home’s water heater. That’s because it isn’t just pipe leaks you can get a good deal for, but also water heating, drain clogs, and swamp cooler maintenance.
Slab leak repair is plumbing language for a leaking pipe under the concrete foundation of a house.
This video shows a slab leak repaired for hundreds of dollars less than the local competitors. The entire job can last a few hours, nevertheless , you should prepare to be without water all day.
The difficult part about these repairs can be gaining access. After a leak detection is performed (if needed) the plumber will jackhammer concrete around the pipe after having taken steps to prevent cracks.
Fixing a slab leak will actually save money in the long run
Once i have dug up and exposed the copper pipe , the soldering process begins. I do not recommend attempting to weld or braze copper on your own.
Next, the water can be turned on and tested for leaks. Remember, the longer the leak goes on the higher your water bill. Save money and call Guaranteed Plumbing in Victorville, CA. Pay for a plumber online here
My customer’s best assurance a slab leak repair can provide is not limited to a reduced water bill. When water constantly flows under a house the foundation itself can be undermined (literally). Other repercussions of slab leaks include standing water which in turn produces mosquitoes and leads to the spread of disease.
I notice homeowners are notified by water companies when the water use has spiked. It is not the responsibility of the water company to fix water pipes on your property.
My advice to avoid undermining a valuable property and the stuff inside; fix the slab leak or pinhole leak soon.