Do you know why your pipes leak? Pipe leaks in a plumbing system can result in numerous plumbing issues that become worse over time. The excessive moisture a leak can cause may end up creating pockets of bacteria and mold that eventually spreads throughout the home if the problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner. This mold and bacteria can cause major health concerns for anyone living in the home. In addition to that, a leak can cause wood rot and result in costly damage. Here are the top three causes of pipe leaks and fixes to consider.
Pipes Leak Due to Corrosion
There are various reasons pipes leak including corrosion due to a chemical reaction, a problem with water quality or the pipes might be too old. Leaks in copper pipe can generally be traced back to a problem with the water or the way the pipes were initially installed.
For example, flux, the acidic paste that is used in soldering, reacts with copper when the pipes remain idle for an extended time following installation. This kind of problem usually takes place in cold water pipes near fittings because hot water does a better job of washing flux out of the system.
In addition, if after being cut out the pipe wasn’t reamed, the burr located inside may cause swirls of turbulent water that wear away the metal. An excessive amount of velocity, water pressure or undersized pipes can have the same effect.
Whatever the case, if you start noticing rust or various other forms of corrosion on your pipes, particularly when it is accompanied by leaks, have it checked out by a professional, licensed plumber immediately. Corrosion in the pipes is a problem that will just get worse.
Pipes Leak Due to Pinholes
Pinhole leaks are one of the most common plumbing issues, and there isn’t a lot of things homeowners can do to stop them from developing in copper pipes. The most common cause of pinhole leaks is the interaction between chemicals in the water that eventually causes corrosion along the pipes.
Plumbers have a variety of explanations for pinhole leaks with the most common being particles of corrosion from old water heaters, chloramines in city and county water systems and high water pressure in the pipes. Unfortunately, these types of leaks in copper pipes take place in areas where they go unnoticed until they’ve caused mold, bacteria, and significant water damage. The only real fix for pinhole leak problems is to hire a skilled plumber to inspect and repair them.
Material might be degrading
When pipes leak, it could also be caused by material degrading. Single-piece, plastic angle stops can frequently crack or wear out, resulting in leaks that cause damage. Consider having your stops replaced with stainless steel.
If your pipes leak, your insurance company may decide they won’t pay to fix the damage. Have your system evaluated for repair by professionals. Contact us today.