The picture below is the underside of what is called a wide spread faucet (which means the faucet spout and the faucet handles can be farther apart than the standard eight inches). This faucet had a slow leak for the past six or seven months, which caused the left handle threads to seize.
We perhaps could keep loosening the threads with Liquid Wrench or Coca Cola (which works as good as Liquid Wrench), but it will be easier just to cut it off.
Either way, it now takes more time, effort, and money, to fix this than if it would have fixed right away.
This is a very small example of the damage that can be caused by slow leaks.
Other more extreme situation we’ve encountered:
- A slow leak under a kitchen sink rotted out the bottom of the cabinet which had to be completely cut out and replaced.
- Back spray caused by a broken shower head caused mold damage to the sheetrock above the tile and required the removal and replacement of the sheetrock on half of the walls above the tile.
- A leak from an outside second story deck into the ceiling required the removal and replacement of about a 100 foot square (10 x 10) section of ceiling.
- Improperly sealed windows allowed water to leak into the wall and the interior sheetrock had to be removed and replaced after the water entry point was sealed.
Whether your leak is plumbing, water entering around windows, or anything else, as soon as you realize there is an issue, get it taken care of.
If you have slow leaks, get them fixed. It will cost you more to put it off.