Your washing machine is a major appliance, one that receives frequent use throughout its lifetime. Most of us tend to overlook the fact that these machines are just as susceptible to water leaks as the other pipes in our home.
When your washing machine leaks, it can flood the area, cause mold growth, and deteriorate your home’s structural support. Here is what happens when washing machine leaks go undetected in your home in Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and the surrounding areas.
One of the worst problems associated with a water leak is the resulting mold that grows and spreads. Mold can be very hazardous to your health and your home. It only takes 24 hours for mold to develop. Mold causes severe respiratory issues and acute illnesses in people who are around the mold and breathe in the toxic spores released in the air. If exposed to mold for long periods of time, the health issues caused develop into longer-term chronic issues. When not detected immediately and disposed of properly, mold weakens structures around it, such as wood, paint and plaster, and drywall. When these structures become weak and brittle, they may break apart and cause structural damage to your home.
Mold isn’t the only thing that damages your home’s interior and support. Water itself can eat away at and deteriorate wood, warp or peel paint, and cause cracks, buckling, and discoloration of wallpaper. Warped or buckling wood and drywall compromises the integrity of your home’s support beams and structure, causing worse damage over time that is both dangerous and very costly to repair.
If you live in a multi-level house and your washing machine is on the upper floor, a small leak can grow and cause severe structural problems for the flooring of the upper level and ceiling of the bottom floor.
Even the smallest leak can grow into a much larger problem over time. Sometimes an undetected leak may take weeks, or even months, to cause noticeable damage. By the time you discover the damage, it’s most often too late. The water has already eaten through surfaces and weakened the area, and mold has likely developed and permeated throughout your home. Hiring a professional plumber to perform leak detection services throughout your home will catch a small leak before it grows out of hand and causes worse damage.
Leak detection helps protect your home from severe water and mold damage and saves you money by preventing a hefty repair bill later on.
A leaking washing machine can lead to a higher than average water bill and waste thousands of gallons of water. According to Networx.com, plumbing leaks can waste as much as 20,000 gallons of water annually. This is a large amount of water which leads to a very high water bill. If you’re experiencing an unusually high water bill without any changes in your water usage, then you may have a leak.
Water leaks are serious, especially when they come from a washing machine that can leak gallons of water onto your floor every day. Call us today at (863) 667-6364 to have our professional plumbers inspect your home for possible leaks and repair any resulting water damage.
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