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A Look at the Common Causes of Pipe Leaks

Last updated 4 years ago

Leaking pipes not only waste water, but also leave behind damage to your home and belongings. Understanding the reasons why leaks are likely to form in your plumbing can help you prevent or catch issues before excessive damage is done. If you need help identifying or repairing a leak, contact your plumber for assistance.

Frozen Water
If your plumbing freezes during cold weather, it can spell trouble. When ice forms inside a pipe, the built-up water pressure behind the blockage can cause the pipe to crack or burst. Even if your pipes don’t burst, you could still have plumbing problems down the road. Pipes can become weakened in many places along their length when the water inside them freezes. Over time, these weaker areas may finally give way, causing a leak.

Structural or Installation Problems
Not all pipes are manufactured perfectly, and structural defects in your pipes or their connections can eventually cause a plumbing leak. If a part was used improperly or was not rated for your water pressure or usage, it can fail. Human error often plays a large role in the development of plumbing leaks, even years after the system has been installed. Poorly installed piping, either due to negligence or inexperience, can also develop leaks in connective areas.

Water Chemistry
The chemistry of your home’s water can lead to degradation of the pipes over time. Mineral deposits may build up inside your plumbing, causing a lack of water pressure and weakening the pipes until they break. Pinhole leaks occur in copper plumbing pipes as a result of corrosion caused by minerals in the water these pipes transport. Plumbing issues related to water chemistry are often found in many homes throughout the same area or community that all share a common water source.

If you have a plumbing leak in your New Lenox home or business, Expert Plumbing Service is here to provide immediate repairs to prevent long-term water damage. Call us today at (708) 231-4792 to contact a trained and licensed plumbing service specialist. We invite you to expand your knowledge of plumbing and find out how we can help by clicking through our blog


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