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What Causes Pipes to Leak?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

A common explanation as to what causes flooding in homes is the leaking of pipes. It is important to prevent flooding in homes, as it can lead to water damage. Learning how to recognize indicators of leaky pipes will help you to protect against water damage from leaking pipes in your own home.

Rusting away at pipes, corrosion can damage pipes. This damage will often cause leaking. Corrosion can be spotted with three visible indicators: rusting of the pipes, discolored water emerging from the pipes, and warped pipes. Protect your pipes by investigating the state of the pipes before buying a home and having the water’s pH levels tested by professionals. If the pipes do corrode, be sure to utilize adequate clamps to temporarily fix broken pipes before professionals arrive to sufficiently repair the pipes.

Seals are fixed to water connectors when pipes are installed. Flooding can occur when those seals crack or break due to age or wear. It’s evident that pipes are broken if condensation is present on the pipes or if puddles of water begin to form in areas beneath the broken seal. Watch for these signs in order to best protect the seals in your home from cracking or breaking. It may also be beneficial to run water frequently, as neglecting to run water for extended periods of time can cause seals to crack and dry out pipes. Perhaps ask a neighbor to run your water if you need to leave home for any extended period of time.

Radical changes in temperature can cause pipes to expand or contract, which causes pressure to build inside of the pipes. That pressure can result in pipes cracking and therefore leaking. Watch for an elevated water bill, a stuffy or musty smell emanating from the drain, and changes in the pressure or flow of the water as signs that changes in temperature may have damaged your pipes. To prevent this from occurring, expose the pipes to wam air, run water through the pipes, and keep your thermostat at a set temperature.

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