If you hear a phrase like ‘the destructive power of water’, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people will think of things like tidal waves and floodwaters. And yet, you don’t need massive amounts of water traveling at high speed to do a tremendous amount of damage. Even the slow drip of a leaky roof can be quite damaging over time.
Water is the world’s universal solvent. Given enough volume and time, the chemical combination of two-parts hydrogen and one-part oxygen can break down nearly any substance on earth. It is with that knowledge that we should all understand how destructive dripping water can be. Below are just a few examples to illustrate the principle.
The Leaky Barn Roof
Mytee Products, an Ohio company that sells all sorts of truck and utility tarps, says that one of their more popular products for farmers is the drip diverter. A drip diverter is a small vinyl tarp with grommets designed to be hung in a space where leaks are occurring. For example, consider a leaky barn roof during the winter months.
A slow drip of water on a stack of hay below can be very problematic for the farmer. It only takes a little bit of water seepage to allow mold and bacteria to grow in a stored crop. If the hay is exposed to too much water, there could be enough mold and bacteria to render an entire stack useless. And of course, there are worries of spontaneous combustion as well. The smart farmer deploys a drip diverter to keep water off the hay until roof repairs can be made in the spring.
The Leaky Truck Window
Speaking of Mytee Products, they also sell a variety of cargo control equipment and accessories to truck drivers. A truck driver might use one of his drip diverters to temporarily address a leaky window. Make no mistake: a leaky window can mean big trouble whether you drive a truck or car.
Water getting in around a leaky seal promotes mold growth in that seal, and that’s just for starters. Depending on the position of the leak, water could drip down onto the dashboard or the seat. Water getting in behind the dashboard can disrupt electronics. Water on the seat could mean mold eventually growing in the seat cushion.
The Leaky Sink Drain
It is always a good idea for potential home buyers to look for leaks under the kitchen sink. Why? Because a leaky drain can allow water to drip down into the cabinet every time the sink is used. The most immediate problem associated with this kind of leak is mold growth. But it gets worse. An unchecked leak could cause the base of the cabinet to rot out over time.
The Leaky Tub
Upstairs, a leaky tub could allow water to drip down underneath every time someone takes a shower or bath. This kind of leak is the worst of all because you don’t notice it until the damage is already done. Over time, the slow drip of the leaky tub promotes mold, leads to rotted wood, and stains the ceiling below. What began as a minor leak could become a major construction project once it’s discovered.
It doesn’t take much water to do a significant amount of damage. That’s why Mytee Products carries drip diverters. But even in cases where drip diverters are not practical, there are ways to temporarily address dripping water until permanent repairs can be made. What is the lesson here? Dripping water can be quite destructive. Do not ignore it.