Let’s face it, leaky pipes happen. Most leaks occur due to one of the following common causes. Understanding these causes can help you know when to contact a plumber and protect your pipes against future leaks.
What Causes Leaks
Leaks can happen in pipes for any number of reasons.
Corrosion – Pipes can start to corrode due to water quality issues, chemical reactions, or just because they are getting old. If you see rust on the pipe, it’s likely a corrosion issue.
Foundation movement – Homes tend to settle over time. When the foundation shifts a bit, it can cause the pipe to move, which can cause breaks and leaks.
Excessive water pressure – Pipes are rated for a certain amount of pressure. If the amount of pressure exceeds this limit, the pipe may break or crack.
Clogs – If a drain becomes clogged, it can cause excess pressure in the pipe. This pressure may lead to leaks.
What to Do About Leaking Pipes
If you have a single leaky pipe, your best answer is to schedule an appointment with Paschal and get it fixed by a licensed plumbing professional.
If you are having multiple leaks or have issues with leaks reoccurring, then you may have bigger problems. You still need to call Paschal and get a plumber out to talk about what is causing the ongoing issues.
Are the leaks occurring in one area of the house? If so, that area of the house may be settling differently, putting undue pressure onto one stretch of pipe. Also, it may be a clog or water pressure issue occurring. The pipe may need to be replaced or even relocated.
How old are the pipes in your home? If you live in an older home, the pipes in your house may be failing due to age. Like all other things, pipes deteriorate with age. They corrode from the inside out and can start leaking in multiple places. If your home’s plumbing is more than 30 years old, then you may need to replace the pipes.
When you have leaky pipes, you need a plumbing professional with the knowledge and experience to find the cause and make a permanent fix. Contact Paschal Air, Plumbing & Electric today.
Do you have leaky pipes? One leak is a problem. Multiple leaks can be a bigger problem. Contact Paschal in to find the problem!