Do you currently have a leak somewhere in your house that you've been ignoring? Leaks are definitely something that should be repaired as soon as you are aware of them, because they can cause several potential problems in your home.
Slip and Fall
A small plumbing problem can potentially cause a ton of water to leak out onto the floor. You may be good about cleaning up the mess, but water on a floor can put people in danger of slipping and falling. This is a big problem in your bathroom where you have slippery tiles and a hard surface to fall on, as well as hard objects like a sink or toilet that you could fall onto.
A leak that is not fixed right away may also cause problems with floor damage. If you have wood floors, there is a potential that the wood could start to rot due to the water exposure. Not only will you have a leak that you need a plumber to repair, but you'll not have major floor damage that could potentially cost more than the plumbing repair.
Mold will thrive in conditions that are moist and warm, which is perfect for an indoor water leak. If the water is leaking in a dark place, like under a vanity cabinet or behind a wall, the mold can grow quite quickly.
The problem with mold is that it will cause respiratory problems for people living in your home. Anybody that suffers from a breathing problem like asthma will have more trouble simply breathing the air in your home.
It will also be quite difficult to remove mold once it has formed in your home. You could end up having to rip out walls to get to the mold and then hiring a mold remediation service to remove the mold and disinfect the area so the mold doesn't grow back.
There is a risk of the pipes in your house freezing during the winter. While pipes are already at risk of bursting when they freeze, a pipe with a leak it in has a greater chance of bursting. Water that is passing through the leak has the potential to freeze and expand, causing a lot of water to come rushing into your home.
Don't wait for these problems to get worse before you fix them. For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Fast Plumbing.