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Water can cause significant damage in your Monticello, IL, home whether it’s coming from a leaky faucet or a leaky pipe. Both issues need prompt attention if you want to keep your property safe and your plumbing running smoothly.

But It’s Just a Leaky Faucet

It’s easy to dismiss a leaky faucet, even though it’s almost always a quick fix. That annoying drip can add up to as many as 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year and increase your water bill by up to 10 percent. Leaky faucets can also permanently stain your sink over time if your water is high in minerals. However, a leaky faucet can sometimes indicate a water pressure problem caused by a broken pipe, so it’s best to repair the faucet promptly if only to rule out a leaky pipe.

What Would Cause a Full-Blown Pipe Burst?

Whereas leaky faucets are usually just annoying and wasteful, full-blown pipe bursts are a full-fledged plumbing emergency. Pipes usually burst when the water inside freezes during exceptionally cold Illinois weather and causes internal pressure that exceeds what the pipe can contain. Pipes that aren’t insulated in unheated areas like attics, basements and crawl spaces are most vulnerable. Pipes can also burst due to age, corrosion, poor maintenance, improper installation and pressure changes caused by a leak.

How to Protect Your Home From Burst Pipes

Find out where the main water supply valve is located so that if a pipe bursts, you can turn off the water and contain the water damage until an emergency plumber arrives. When it’s exceptionally cold, drip your faucets, keep the thermostat at 70 degrees and leave the doors open on cabinets where pipes are located. Periodically check all visible pipes for any indication of leaks or dripping, and insulate pipes in unheated areas.

When to Call a Plumber

Call a plumber if there is suddenly insufficient hot water, if there are leaks around the base of your water heater or if the tank has become noisy. Watch out for water stains on walls or ceilings as they can signal leaks behind walls. If you notice low water pressure, discolored water, noisy pipes or exceptionally slow drainage after using a plunger and a drain cleaner, call a plumber and have these issues checked out.

The best way to prevent leaks and to protect your Monticello, IL, home from water damage is with periodic professional leak detection services. To learn more, visit Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing or call us directly at (217) 331-6174.