Don't let a small leak become a big problem!
Small leaks in your pipes are a bigger problem than they might seem. The water that can collect in your home from a pipe leak may lead to mold and mildew. Small leaks can also quickly get worse, and if your pipes burst, you face the unpleasant task of dealing with extensive water damage. So what can you do to prevent pipes from leaking? And what should you do if you’ve already noticed small leaks in your home?
What causes pipes to leak?
Even though your pipes may be fine now, there are a few reasons that they may begin to leak later. Being aware of these causes will help you prevent leaks, and allow you to address leaks more quickly if they do happen.
Change in temperature: everyone needs both hot and cold water running in their homes, but some pipes cannot handle the changes in temperature within them. Pipes that are not able to withstand frequent temperature changes can begin to crack or even burst. This problem is made worse by the contraction and expansion caused in winter by cold external temperatures and hot internal temperatures.
Clogged drains: in most households, drainage clogs are a relatively common occurrence. However, this does not mean that they should be ignored. Since clogs are easy to spot, but the damage they can cause often goes unnoticed, it is better to deal with this problem as soon as possible before pipes start leaking.
Too much water pressure: if your water pressure is not regulated well enough, this can also cause unnecessary strain on your pipes. Plumbing needs to be done properly to ensure that your water flows at the right pressure.
How to Check for Leaks
Usually you can get a pretty good idea if something is wrong just by taking a look at the pipes in your home. Signs of pipe leakage that are easy to spot are drops of water and rust. Any sign of water in your home where there shouldn’t be means that there is a problem that will need to be addressed. You can also check your water meter to determine if there is a leak. Making sure no water is being used inside your house, you can locate the leak indicator on the meter and see if it is moving, or you can take two meter readings a couple of hours apart, in which case a change in reading would indicate a leak.
What to Do if You Suspect a Leak
If you find a leak in your house, it is best to take measures to fix it as soon as possible. While some leaks are okay to address yourself, plumbing jobs completed by someone who is not sure how to do the job right put you at risk for more leaks later on. The best thing to do if you notice leaky pipes is call a qualified plumber to get the job done right. At Proven Plumbing, we have the tools and the experience to fix your leaky pipes and ensure that leaks don’t return. Contact one of our expert plumbers today!