5 Most Common Causes of Household Water Leaks


Clogged up pipes will put more pressure on the system which in turn causes strain on your pipes and can make them spring a leak. A bad clog can also cause your pipes to overflow. It is a good idea to have your drains professionally cleaned occasionally in order to keep your pipes healthy and blockage free.

Frozen Pipes

A common cause of household leaks during the winter is frozen pipes. When a pipe freezes and then thaws, it expands and contracts, which strains the pipe and can cause it to crack or burst. Always get any exposed pipes ready for winter by insulating them and check out this blog for more tips on preventing frozen pipes.

Pipe Corrosion

Rust, use of chemical drain cleaners, and aging can all cause pipes to corrode and leak. Corrosion is a common cause of leaky pipes. You can sometimes tell if corrosion is the problem if there is visible rust, but generally speaking the best way to identify is to have a plumber inspect your pipes. They will be able to identify the issue and let you know whether it is better to repair or replace your pipes.

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Broken or Worn Seals

Many appliances have rubber seals around water connectors and other areas that are prone to leaks, such as inside dishwasher doors. Rubber seals will wear down and/or break over time. If you notice a leak or increased sweating around a household appliance, this is often a sign of a seal that needs replacing.

Tree Root Intrusion

If you’ve noticed slow drainage, you may have a compromised drain line. These types of leaks are commonly caused by invading tree roots. Tree roots naturally grow towards water, so they will grow towards underground pipes and actually make their way into the pipes, causing leaks and major blockages. If you suspect tree root intrusion, call a plumber immediately so that you can get the problem solved before it gets worse.

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