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What Leaks Are Serious?

When it comes to maintaining the functionality and integrity of our homes, one issue that requires immediate attention is plumbing leaks. A leak may seem like a minor inconvenience, but if left unattended, it can lead to significant damage, water wastage, and costly repairs. Understanding which plumbing leaks are serious and require urgent intervention can save you from potential headaches and financial strain. Take some time to learn more about the different types of plumbing leaks and how to identify the ones that demand immediate action.



Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are among the most serious plumbing leaks you can encounter. A burst pipe can flood your home quickly, leading to extensive water damage to floors, walls, and personal belongings. The gushing water can cause structural issues, weaken foundations, and even pose electrical hazards. If you notice a burst pipe, shut off the main water supply immediately, and contact a professional plumber to fix the issue promptly.


Leaking Water Heater

Water heaters are essential appliances in our homes, but they can also develop leaks over time. A leaking water heater can result from issues such as a faulty pressure relief valve, a corroded tank, or loose connections. Ignoring a water heater leak can lead to further damage, including flooding and potential electrical hazards. If you observe water pooling around your water heater or notice signs of corrosion, contact a professional plumber to inspect and repair the unit.


Toilet Leaks

Toilet leaks may not seem as urgent as burst pipes, but they greatly increase your water bill since it causes a significant amount of wasted water. The most common sources of toilet leaks include a faulty flapper valve, a damaged fill valve, or a cracked tank. A continuously running toilet or water trickling into the bowl even when it’s not in use are signs of a leak. While a toilet leak may not cause immediate catastrophic damage, addressing it promptly can save water and prevent future problems.


Faucet and Fixture Leaks

Dripping faucets or leaking fixtures may appear harmless, but they can waste a surprising amount of water over time. Even a slow drip can waste gallons of water each day, impacting both the environment and your utility bills. Moreover, constant moisture can lead to mold growth, water stains, and damage to countertops or cabinets. Repairing faucet and fixture leaks as soon as possible is essential to conserve water and maintain the integrity of your plumbing system.


Fix Leaks with Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating

Understanding the seriousness of different plumbing leaks empowers homeowners to take timely action and prevent further damage. If you suspect that your home or commercial building has a leak, enlist the help of Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. We have over 20 years of experience repairing residential and commercial plumbing, which means we are able to quickly identify the cause of your leak and efficiently rectify the problem. Contact us now to schedule an appointment. 

What Our Customers Say

"Great experience. Moved into a new home and experienced major plumbing issues (flooding) the morning after New Years. The plumber arrived that morning within the hour and relieved the issues, also provided some recommendations that benefited us in the long-run."

-Matt Lewis

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Frederick County: Frederick (21701, 20702, 21703, 21709), New Market (21774) , Mount Airy (21771), Urbana (21704), Ijamsville (21754), Walkersville (21793), Libertytown (21762), Damascus (20872), and more.

Howard County: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Baltimore County: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Carroll County: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), and more.

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