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What Causes Plumbing Leaks?

Plumbing leaks happen, and more often than you’d like. This much we know. But, you don’t always understand why you have a plumbing leak. If the pipe hasn’t been damaged, then why is it leaking all of a sudden? Is the leak a sign of a major repair or a minor fix? Most household leaks are a result of age and ordinary wear-and-tear. Finding, fixing, and preventing these leaks is all about knowing where they come from. In this article, we’ll look at the most common leaks, prevention, and how to fix them. 

Most Common Causes of Plumbing Leaks 

  • Broken Seals – Most appliances have seals at the point where water flows into them. Those seals break and wear out over time. When they break down, some of the water that should flow into the appliance may leak out. 
  • Clogs – Clogs cause water to back up, which causes a lot of pipe pressure. Over time, all the pressure wears out the seal and the sides of pipe walls.  
  • Corrosion – The inside of pipe walls can corrode and rust over time. This can happen faster with high water pressure. As pipes corrode, they can’t handle the pressure and force of water flowing through them. Eventually, that pressure and force can create a leak in the corroded section of a pipe. 

How Can You Prevent Plumbing Leaks? 

The best strategy for preventing plumbing leaks is by inspecting your pipes and taking good care of them by using best practices.  

  • Chemical Drain Cleaners – Chemical drain cleaners seem like a quick, easy fix for clogs, but they’re not. If you use chemical drain cleaners too often, they’ll eat away at the inside of your pipes. Eventually, they will chew completely through your pipes and cause a leak. 
  • Keep Garbage Out of Your Pipes – If you use your drains like a garbage can by flushing things you shouldn’t, you’re likely to cause a clog that will require a drain cleaning. The more clogs you cause, the more you stress your pipes, and the more likely you are to create a leak. 

What to Do if You Find a Plumbing Leak? 

If you’re lucky, your leak will be the result of a loose fitting. If it is, just grip the loose fitting with a plumber’s wrench and tighten it to stop the leak. If you have a hairline crack, fracture, or burst line, you’ll need professional help. 

Professional plumbing technicians can find and fix any existing leaks in your home’s plumbing system. It’s what they do every day. They’ll also discover any additional problems before they get out of hand and become costly fixes. A plumbing repair and inspection can save you a lot of time, frustration, and money. 

Need a Plumber?

If you’ve tried these steps and you’re still having issues, don’t worry. Chances are it’s a quick fix that we can take care of with our plumbing tools and know-how. Top of the Line Plumbing provides top of the line plumbing services to Duval County, St. Johns County, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas.

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