Plumbing leaks not only waste water; they can also cause major damage to your walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as furniture, carpet, and building frames. The growth of mold and mildew can lead to even more problems. The repair bill can be very expensive. But if you know the causes of plumbing leaks to look for, you can contact a plumber sooner and avoid the more serious problems caused by:
1. Damaged Seals
Rubber seals are an important part of your plumbing. They connect your pipes to fixtures and appliances and must be watertight. Plumbing seals tend to wear out over time, become loose, and break. When they do, you’ll notice condensation or puddles of water around appliances.
2. Worn Pipe Joints
Curved pipe joints link straight sections of pipe to direct water throughout your home. They are especially vulnerable to water pressure and extreme temperatures. Over time, you might notice ticking or banging sounds, which can indicate issues with worn pipe joints.
3. Clogged Drains and Pipes
To many people, a clogged drain is just annoying. But without the proper fix, underlying issues can get worse or the clog can lead to corrosion or pipe damage due to higher than normal water pressure. Clogs should therefore be addressed by a professional plumber as soon as possible.
4. High Water Pressure
Too strong a water pressure can heavily damage your pipes. The force of the water can even cause them to burst. Leaky fixtures can be a sign of high water pressure. A licensed plumber can easily adjust the pressure if it’s too high.
5. Cracked Fixtures
A crack can occur on a faucet or fixture, under the sink, or the pipes connecting to it. An impact with a sink faucet can cause a crack, as can items underneath the sink that hit the pipe. The problem should be addressed immediately, as even a dripping faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water over time.
Rust and corrosion develop as a plumbing system ages. Galvanized steel may be corroded enough to fail after 20 years. Corrosion occurs due to imbalances in water pH and mineral content, and causes metal pipes to weaken, develop holes, and ultimately crumble.
7. Poor Pipe Design
Pipes should be installed only by an experienced plumbing contractor. Otherwise, there can be serious problems, from non-working fixtures to water damage. Backflow devices should be installed where necessary. If you think there is a pipe design problem, a plumber can evaluate the system for you.
8. Tree Root Intrusion
A source of a water leak or clog outside the home, this occurs when tree roots infiltrate your water lines underground. You may notice moisture pooling up in the yard, wet patches of ground when it’s not raining, or sinkholes. There may be a dramatic drop in water pressure as well.
9. Temperature Fluctuations
Metal pipes expand and contract with temperature changes. This effect is amplified when the weather goes from extreme heat to extreme cold. Rapid expansion and contraction can cause leaks, cracks, and pipe bursts if your plumbing system isn’t protected.
10. Foundation/Ground Shifting
Pipes can be displaced by problems with a foundation. Ground settling, erosion, or movement from an earthquake can cause your home to shift. Pipe can fail as a result, and connections can break. Changes in water pressure or color are early signs of a problem.
Call Detour Plumbing
Detour Plumbing, a leading contractor in Santa Clarita, can help with any one of these problems. We serve customers throughout California. Our licensed, bonded, and insured plumbers are following all necessary precautions during the coronavirus pandemic. For assistance, contact us at 661-424-9820.