Perhaps you’ve had a leaky faucet in your home, or a dripping pipe connector underneath your sink. These may seem like small incidents, but any leak can indicate that there is a much larger problem at hand. It’s important to take preventive measures whenever you suspect there is any sort of plumbing issue in your home. Even a small drip can turn into a leak over time, which has the potential to cause massive water damage.
Most Common Causes Of Household Water Leaks
Water leaks, even small ones, can cause massive damage to your home. To make matters worse, many of the pipes within a home are concealed behind walls, which means you may not notice a leak until the water has made its way through the sheetrock, which will result in a water stain. However, if you understand the common causes of household water leaks, then you may be better able to prevent them.
Clog in your lines: Most of the time a clog in your pipes can be fixed with a plunger or drain cleaner. However, more severe clogs can easily lead to water overflowing into your home and may even lead to pipes bursting. Any clog in your gutters or pipe systems can lead to severe water damage very quickly.
Damaged seals: Any of your appliances that require a water line hookup, such as your dishwasher or washing machine, have seals around their water intake connections. These seals can break down and wear out over time. If the seals are not in working order, then water will start to leak around these connections into your appliances. It can be very difficult to notice the leak at first, since most appliances are facing a wall and its connections are not easily visible. This is why it’s important to keep an eye out for any puddles of water forming around your appliances.
Corrosion in your plumbing system: Corrosion, such as rust and other forms, may come about over time and start to damage your pipes. You may start to notice discoloration on your pipes, perhaps in various shades of green as corrosion commonly shows up as. This causes pipes to warp, break down and potentially leak. If you start to notice evidence of corrosion on any of your pipes, then you should call a professional plumber right away.
Water pressure becomes too high: Good water pressure is important, especially when it comes to taking showers or watering the lawn, but too much pressure can put an unwanted strain on your plumbing system. The problem is, your pipes and faucets can only sustain so much water pressure. Over time, excessive water pressure can cause damage, which is why you should contact a plumber if you feel your water pressure is too high.
Worn out pipe joints: The joints and fitting that connect your pipes are typically going to be their weakest points, which means they are the locations that are most susceptible to leaks. The most common indicator that your pipe joints are weakening is the sound of banging or other strange noises in your pipes when you run the water. This is especially true when running hot water through your pipe joints. Most joints aren’t going to be visible to you, as they are likely under your floor or behind walls. Therefore, if you start to hear strange noises in your plumbing system, you should call a plumber right away in order to prevent any costly water leaks from occurring.
Damage to pipes caused by tree roots: Sometimes we focus so much on our home’s internal plumbing that we forget there are also water pipes on the outside leading in. The most common risk to these water lines comes from none other than tree roots. These roots can interfere with your water lines, which in turn may cause water to leak into your yard and cause excessive puddles. You may also notice a drop in water pressure. If you have trees around your yard and notice any of these symptoms, then you will want a plumber to take a look at your water lines. =
Don’t Let That Leak Get Worse
A leaky faucet, a drip in a pipe connector or water around your hot water heater can all mean that a major problem is right around the corner. Those leaks aren’t going to fix themselves, and they lower the efficiency of your entire plumbing system. In fact, even a small leak can lead to major water damage. If you ignore that small puddle of water around your hot water heater for too long, you may find one morning that your entire tank has drained all over your floor. Don’t wait to get that leak fixed, contact Hire Me Plumbing today.