Leaky pipes are an eventual outcome of daily wear and tear on your plumbing. There’s little you can do to avoid the eventual leaks that will occur in your pipes. However, once a leak occurs, don’t ignore it. If left unattended, water leaks can cause serious damage. Leaky pipes do more than just drive up your water bill, they can destroy entire walls and cause structural damage to your house.
Knowing this, it’s best to deal with leaky pipes sooner rather than later. If you notice a leak or potential signs of a leak, get ready to call a plumber. While you might be able to address the problem on your own, there may be other issues that you don’t notice. If you think you have leaky pipes, don’t do a rush patch job to avoid a bill. We’ll explain why below.
What Causes Leaky Pipes
First, let’s go over what causes leaky pipes.
The first is corrosion. Oftentimes issues with water quality or chemicals can eat away at the pipe and cause corrosion. As the damage grows, the pipe becomes unstable and begins to leak. If left alone for too long it could even burst.
The second is movement. As the foundation settles, it can shift your pipes and separate them. The separation can cause leaks and other damage to your walls. If they shift too much, a small leak could turn into a big one.
The third is clogs. Everyone will have to deal with clogs at some point. Hair, grease, food particles, and random objects have all ended up down our drains. Usually, the water will start draining slower, and then you might start to notice a leak. It’s best to take care of these when possible since they could build up pressure and burst a pipe.
The final reason is water pressure. Most pipes are designed to withstand a certain range of water pressure shifts, but if the pressure is too high it could crack the pipes. If your water pressure seems inconsistent, it could potentially lead to a leaky or burst pipe.
Dealing with a Leaky Pipe
In most situations, we would recommend a few ways you could try to solve your problem on your own. However, with leaky pipes, one small misstep could prove disastrous. If you don’t repair your pipes properly, it could do more harm than good. Damaged pipes will leak water into the walls and floors of your home, causing irreparable water damage. This will mean having to rip out entire sections of drywall and pay for expensive home repairs.
The same applies to clogs and slow drains. If a snaking or trying to unclog the drain doesn’t work, you’ve got a bigger problem. Don’t wait to see if the issue persists or gets worse, because by the time you notice, the damage could have been done. Issues with your pipes cannot be ignored, and they will cause major damage down the line.
If you notice you have a leak, call a plumber. Try to find the general location of the leak and shut off the water if necessary, but don’t undertake any repairs yourself. Leaky pipes are not something you want to ignore or try to fix yourself to save some money. Your pipes are crucial to the plumbing in your house, you need to make sure they’re taken care of properly. If you’re unsure about whether or not you have a leak, give us a call and we’ll set up a consultation.