Plumbing leaks can be a real inconvenience. Dripping faucets and toilet leaks can quickly lead to water damage in your home. If you know what to look for, you’ll be able to respond before things get out of hand.
Here are the most common household plumbing leaks. By keeping an eye on these leaks, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money.
Rubber seals are found throughout your plumbing system. They connect pipes to fixtures and appliances around your home. Think faucets, dishwashers, and washers. They all contain rubber seals at their connection points.
Over time, these rubber seals deteriorate. As these seals wear, they can loosen and even fall off. If you notice a puddle of water under your fixture or appliance, it could be a broken seal. Broken seals don’t take long to get fixed, but they do require the right tools and seal size. This is a job for a qualified plumber.
Ever notice a drain that doesn’t empty? Encountered that stubborn water pool that just floats around your sink? Chances are, you have a drain blockage. These can be caused by various objects being allowed in your drain. Hair, hygiene products, and food items are the main culprits. Allowing a drain blockage to sit for too long can result in a burst pipe.
Sometimes the blockage can be in your sewer line. Ever smelt that lingering smell of sewerage around your property? Your main sewer line may need a clean. Tree roots are often the culprit here. They can be strong enough to even crack our underground pipes.
How do you unclog your pipes? Throwing chemical solutions down our drains and lines can be tempting. But it’s best to avoid all chemicals as they can erode your pipes. Replacing your pipes will be far more costly than getting a plumber out to unclog your drain.
Prevention Isn’t a Pipe Dream: Preventing clogs is about being aware of what you allow down your pipes. Don’t flush wipes or hygiene products down the toilet. These items can all cause blockages.
Plumbing systems carry water around your home. This means that they’re susceptible to rust and corrosion. Give your pipes long enough and they will rust.
No one wants to drink rust-contaminated water. Luckily, the warning signs are easy to notice. If your water is discolored in any way, you could have rusting pipes. When it comes to general corrosion, the pH balance and mineral content of your water can cause corrosion.
Corrosion will weaken your pipes, causing holes, and eventually leading to pipe crumbling. Preventing pipe corrosion will help prevent plumbing leaks. Leave these unchecked, and you’ll develop plumbing leaks in no time.
If you suspect corrosion, a local plumber will be able to do a full pipe inspection to assess the condition of your pipes.
Very little beats the experience of a high-pressure shower. The bad news is that excessive pressure can put a strain on your pipes.
Most faucets and pipes are designed to withstand a certain level of pressure. If the pressure goes beyond these levels for sustained periods, you could be in for a few leaks.
If the pressure is too high, you could even experience a burst pipe. It may be wise to get your water pressure checked sooner than later.
All your pipes are connected throughout your home. These connections can be weak spots for potential leaks. Pipe joints are more prone to deterioration. Pipe joints aren’t easily visible, which makes them hard to identify.
Take note if you hear any banging or ticking noises. These sounds occur mostly as you turn on the hot water. These are signs that your pipe joints could be under severe pressure.
Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric are the plumbing leak experts. Their qualified team will be able to identify any weak points in your plumbing system.
Have a plumbing leak that needs immediate attention? Call our emergency hotline at 1-800-475-1504. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that a plumber is minutes away from fixing your leak.
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