The Hidden Costs of Plumbing Damage

“Hi, my name is Dave. I’m planning to buy a house for my parents. I picked a property and had an inspection done, which shows plumbing damage.

The bathroom showers had low pressures, and there are leaky fixtures in the kitchen. Everything else seems great. What should I do? Thanks!”


Hi, thanks for the question.

The condition of plumbing plays a significant part in the value of a property. Some people tend to underestimate the extent of plumbing damage and costs associated with it.

There are many reasons for plumbing damage, including broken fittings, frozen pipes, leaking fixtures, toilet runs, and drips, and more.

Every plumbing problem, however, leads to one single issue: water leakage.

Let’s talk about the hidden costs of plumbing damages, if not appropriately addressed, to give you a better idea:

Mold growth—the consequences can be ugly

Plumbing damage causes water leaks, which moistens the drywall, resulting in wet spots in the wall. Eventually, it leads to mold growth as it thrives under humid conditions.

Mold can cause severe health complications and can be highly dangerous for people with asthma or allergies. The exposure can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, skin, and lungs.

READ: Moisture and Mold Problems

It can not only give rise to your medical bills but also require you to pay thousands of dollars to hire mold removal and drywall replacement services.

Floor damage—it can be costlier than you think

Plumbing damage like slab leaks can cause water to seep in below the floor or pool over the floor surface, both of which weaken the condition of the flooring of your home.

If you have hardwood floors installed in your kitchen and you left the water leakage problem unattended, it can ruin your entire flooring and will require complete replacement.

The affected areas will also need to be properly cleaned and prepared for new flooring, which can further drive up the costs.

Higher water bills—paying extra for wasting the water

Poor plumbing and leaking pipes can result in a significant amount of water wastage. Even a small crack in the pipe can cause more than 200 gallons of water loss every day.

It will reflect in your water bills as you will be wasting more than 6000 gallons of water per month (7200 gallons per year).

Water wastage does put not only an extra burden on your wallet but is also be detrimental to the environment.


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READ: Why Wasting Water Is A Much Bigger Problem Than You Think