There are different types of leaks that can occur in your plumbing. Some, like leaks that appear on water fixtures such as taps, mean there’s an issue with your fixture that’s not serious but could lead to issues later down the line.
Others, like leaks on your pipes, mean that you may have much bigger problems later that could get very expensive, or even require you to stop using your water.
So why are leaks that you find on pipes so much more serious than those on a tap or a showerhead? And what is it that causes water leaks in pipes? Let’s take a look at the common causes and see what they mean.
This leak is, in some ways, unavoidable since no one can stop time. All pipes are built with quality and durability in mind, but that still doesn’t mean that pipes can last forever, even though some may last the entire lifetime of two or even three or more families living in a home generation after generation.
Time can eventually cause structural defects even in the best built pipes, such as the cast iron drainage pipes used in early 20th century homes. If your home is over 50 years in age, do you know how old the drainage pipes are?
If they’ve been in use for close to a century, think about getting them replaced with modern PVC drainage pipes if you’re going to renovate your home, before they break and leak raw sewage into your home.
Time is not the only threat to pipes breaking and requiring water leak repair. Chemical interactions can also play a role. When it comes to metal pipes, rust can make pipes vulnerable.
The right combination of moisture, either through liquid, or humidity, and oxygen on metal can weaken a pipe through rusting. This type of corrosion can even happen to plastic pipes made with modern PVC.
Drain pipe cleaning products, for example, are essentially high powered acid mixes. If you go beyond the recommended amounts, or use them more than the recommended times, you can dissolve your plastic pipe, eventually leading to leaks, and needing water leak repair later.
Check Your Water Pressure
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel refreshed thanks to a high-pressure shower, but turning up the water pressure on all your plumbing is not the way to do it.
This means that you’re now forcing the rest of the plumbing in your home to endure higher than necessary stress, every day, all day, without a break, for the sake or one or two water outlets. This can, unsurprisingly, lead to a break in pipes, which may spring a leak.
The better, more efficient solution is to get a showerhead that pressurizes the water as it hits the “exit point.” This way, only you receive a high-pressure jet of water, as opposed to your entire home’s plumbing system, which doesn’t need or want it.
Quality Of Water
The final factor that can affect whether your pipes require water leak repair is the water quality itself. Certain characteristics such as high pH levels raise the acidic quality of water.
While this means it’s safe to drink, over a period of years of constant exposure to high pH, or even minerals in the water, can lead to structural damage.
Any home in Tyler, TX may spring a leak, but good water leak detection, and prompt water leak repair can stop these small problems from turning into a big, expensive crisis.