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The Main Causes of Water Leaks

Water leaks are one of the biggest sources of water waste in a home and are one of the most common plumbing problems. At some point in time, every homeowner will be faced with a water leak of some sort. When a water leak is detected it is important to act swiftly to prevent further damage and more water waste. Here are some of the most common causes of water leaks.

Faucets

Faucets have lots of moving parts that can breakdown after years of wear and tear. Nothing lasts forever even your plumbing fixtures which are susceptible to natural wear and tear after years of use. If you notice your faucets leaking then it may be time to replace them. Replacing new faucets and showerheads is not only a good way to combat water leaks but can also help you save water because they are more efficiently designed.

Corrosion

Corrosion can naturally happen over time or as a result of a chemical reaction or poor water quality. Corrosion is one of your plumbing systems worst enemies as it can a lot of damage. Any corrosion that is detected should be attended to right away, as it will only get worse with time. Rust is the most common type of corrosion that primarily affects galvanized steel pipes that are prevalent in many older homes.

Cracks

Cracks can occur at any time, especially as the ground settles or shifts from an earthquake. While most newer plumbing systems are made with sturdy materials designed with withstand any such occurrences cracks can still happen and cause quite a problem, especially if they go undetected. Look for any strange puddles of water or ground saturation. You can also listen for any sounds of rushing water or drips.

Pipe Joints

Over time pipe joints can develop leaks, chalk it up to natural wear and tear. This is something you may not notice until the problem gets severe as most pipe joints are located in the walls or foundation of your home. One early sign of a leaky pipe joint is low water pressure.

Water leaks are not only a source of water waste but can also cause real damage over time. If undetected water leaks can also compromise the health and safety of a home by allowing mold to grow. It's important to be proactive in detecting water leaks and calling a professional plumber right away to make any necessary repairs. For more plumbing tips check out some of our other plumbing articles.