Water leakage at shut-off valve and pipe

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Small Water Leaks

Small water leaks are, to most, a mild inconvenience. The endless tapping of a leaky faucet may be annoying, but some people never consider that such a problem could really lead to a major issue down the line. The same goes with leaky pipes under sinks; it may only be a little water, but what you may not realize is that small leaks can be worse than large ones in several ways.

Slow Damage Over Time

Small leaks are stealthy. What may seem like a mild inconvenience can really lead to extensive water damage and expensive repairs. The cumulative effect of slow water damage can leave you having to repair ceilings, walls, floors, and other structures in your home.

Mold and Mildew

It doesn’t take a large amount of water to foster fungal growth. Mold thrives in moist environments, so even a mild leak in a pipe could encourage the substance to grow. Mold and mildew can spread fast, attract pests, and put your health at risk.

Foundation Damage

A small leak underground can weaken the entire structural integrity of your home. When water enters the foundation, it causes erosion that can eventually cause cracks and damage that is expensive to repair.


Your plumbing system will corrode over time if it is repeatedly exposed to leaking water. The corrosion causes rust that can affect your water supply. Furthermore, corroded pipes ultimately break, which can lead to more substantial leaks, flooding, and the need to replace expensive plumbing structures.

Increased Utility Bills

A little leak can lead to hundreds of extra dollars a year. Even though you aren’t turning on the faucet, water leaking from pipes still counts toward your consumption. Many homeowners who have hidden leaks can’t figure out why their water bills have gone up. A sudden and continued increase is a telltale sign that you need a professional to inspect your plumbing system.

Regular Inspections Can Make a World of Difference

When it comes to protecting your home, one of the best things to do is be proactive about issues like small leaks. Even if it may seem minor, the long-term damage it can cause is not worth letting it slide.

Regularly look at your visible pipes to see if they are in good condition. If they are leaking, are wet to the touch, or seem loose, it’s best to call a professional who can take a closer look.

Our team is here to help you keep your pipes protected. PHD Plumbing offers leak detection and repair services in Yuma, AZ and surrounding areas. Please contact us to arrange an appointment whenever you need help.