What Causes A Pipe To Leak? How to prevent the problems?

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What are common causes a pipe leaks?

As a property owner, it’s important to understand the potential damage from a pipe leak. If you leave your pipes unrepaired, it can result in wastewater, unwanted growth, and smells in your house.

So, what are the most common causes of a leak before?

1. Clogged lines

A clog may lead to overflowing or burst pipes that usually cause pressure to build up behind the blockage and leads to structural damage. This may lead to inconvenience & serious water damage. In fact, a clog of corrosive substances can speed up the damage to your pipes.

The ways to prevent clogs are the following: you install hair traps and monitor what you let flow down the rain. And since obstructions in your gutter can also lead to clogs, to prevent this, you should keep your gutter and HVAC system clean from debris.

2. Broken seals

When appliances are installed, a contractor puts rubber sealant around all water connectors. Also, it may appear on your dishwasher door. Since the appliances are often aged, the sealing can break. In this case, if you find condensation on your appliance or you see puddles near the appliance, your seal could have been broken.

3. Corrosion

Yes, the plumbing system ages just like appliances, rust & corrosion may eat away at the pipes and create an opening for water to escape through. If you detect leaks, or you have an older plumbing system, you should consider replacing the pipes at high risk of corrosion. Remember, usually brass pipes last 70 years & galvanized steel lasts around 20 years.

4. Intruding Tree Roots, underground movements

Sometimes water leaks start outside the home rather than indoors. For instance, tree roots can interfere with water lines causing moisture to seep out into your yard. Even small earthquakes may shift the placement of your pipes, twist, crack & separate them causing underground leaks. Any new wet patches in your yard or a sudden drop in water pressure are clear signs that it’s time to call a plumber to check for intruding roots and maintain your underground pipelines.

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5. Incorrect pipe laying

Incorrect pipe laying can also lead to water leaks. It’s important that pipes & connectors are laid properly & backflow devices are used as needed.

6. Damaged pipe joints

If you detect a water leak, check pipe joints. It is one of the most vulnerable areas of a pipe, which is responsible for redirecting water throughout your home.  Listen to your pipes, if they make a ticking noise, there is a big chance that there are some pipe joint issues. That’s why you need to call a plumber to evaluate your system once a year.

7. High water pressure & rapid temperature changes

Did you know that the harder the water pressure inside of your pipes, the greater the risk of water leaks? High water pressure feels nice but can be excessive as well as unexpected temperature changes in your pipes. Any extra pressure inside your pipes could cause water leaks and temperature changes in your pipes can force the pipes to expand and then crack them If you notice leaking, check your water pressure and call a licensed plumber to test it and make any adjustments.

8. Loose water connectors

If you notice water running from the supply line, or if you detect puddles around the appliances, it could be a loose or damaged water connector. Call professionals to fix it.

9. Fixture cracks

If you detect leaks, the pipes may have developed cracks. When there was a physical impact, for instance, someone was tripping on the faucet. If you notice such cracks, it is best to call plumbers to fix the issues as soon as possible to avoid any other problems.

As a property owner, it’s important to pay attention to the plumbing issues, so they won’t cause any other problems in the future. If there is a major increase in your water bill, if you hear water dripping, or if you detect a water leak or even a musty smell around a drain, these are probably warning signs of an active plumbing problem. Keep your house under control, and if you notice anything out of ordinary, call Re-Store Services to inspect and fix your problems.

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