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Have you ever wondered, “What’s the worst that could happen if my plumbing fails?” Here are some of the most serious problems caused by cracked or broken pipes that we see on a day-to-day basis in Elmhurst, IL. Don’t ignore these problems – the consequences could end up being more than you bargained for!
Flooding (and the Mold that Follows)
Your home’s plumbing and sewer system has multiple pipes, and unfortunately, sometimes these pipes fail – especially in older homes. Breaks and cracks in the pipes can lead to flooding. Sometimes it’s just water, but in the case of a sewer backup, it can be much, much worse! Often, the flooding is obvious, whether it’s in your basement, your bathroom, or anywhere else in the house. Other times, it occurs within your walls or under your home’s foundation. In these cases, the water may be unseen but it’s still causing big problems. Over time, mold is likely to grow, which is very unhealthy.
High Water Usage
Has your water bill skyrocketed all of the sudden? Or has it been slowly but steadily rising over the past months? If so, you might have a plumbing problem. A dripping faucet, leaky appliance, broken pipe, running toilet or another plumbing problem could be to blame. Over time, this leads to higher water bills and a negative impact on the environment. If you have unexplained high water bills, a plumber can help you figure out what the problem is.
Foundation Cracks or Settling
Over time, an un-repaired sewer leak could cause a hefty dose of damage. This issue is less common than the others on this list, but it’s one of the most difficult to solve. If the sewer pipe is leaking for a long time, it can deteriorate the ground below your house and cause your foundation to crack or settle. This is a costly issue to repair! It’s much better if you can find the leak and repair it before permanent damage to your foundation occurs. You’ll need to hire a sewer specialist to fix the leak and also hire a foundation repair specialist to restore your foundation before it causes even more issues to the structure of your home.
Yard Problems: Puddles, Sunken Areas and Tall Grass
Sometimes, a leak in the sewer pipe can cause septic waste to pool in your yard. Other times, a broken sewer pipe can cause your lawn, driveway, or sidewalks to develop a dip or an indentation, and sometimes even a sinkhole. Often, a sewage leak shows up in a more subtle way – presenting as a lush, green patch of grass in your yard. Usually, the green patch will be located right above your main line. The sewage is watering and fertilizing the grass in that area, causing it to grow faster than the surrounding areas. This is a common sign of a sewage leak underground.