Plumbing Leaks

Most Common Causes of Plumbing Leaks

An unexpected plumbing leak is sure to make any homeowner feel helpless. In addition to repairing the cause of the leak, you may also have flooring or structural damage to your home. Finding leaks early and identifying their cause is critical in keeping your home safe and structurally sound. Most household leaks are caused by:

  • Pipe corrosion

While older homes are more susceptible to pipe corrosion, it can happen in any home, even if your home is new. Environmental factors such as highly acidic soil can play a role in pipe corrosion. You may notice a change in your water’s color if corrosion is the culprit.

  • Damaged seals and joints

When plumbing fixtures and appliances are installed, seals and gaskets are placed to prevent leaking around connections and joints. Over time, those seals and gaskets wear out, and leaks can occur. These leaks may be located behind large appliances or even inside walls, making them hard to notice. Regularly check water connections to your major appliances under sinks and around water heaters, and walls and baseboards. Walls will become moist and spongy when wet, and if left unremedied, can develop into mold and structural damage.

  • Loose connections

Sometimes it’s not that a  seal or gasket has worn out, but rather a movement that causes a water connection to loosen. The good thing about loose connection leaks is that they are rarely inside a wall and are often audible. Loose connections only leak when water is actively running, such as when the dishwasher or washing machine is running. Quickly hunt down the sound, turn off the water source, and repair the leak with some plumbing tape until a professional plumber can visit to repair the loose connection.

  • Fast temperature changes

Extreme temperature changes can cause pipes to expand and contract, loosening connections and joints. Pipes can even bust if it gets too cold.

  • Tree roots

Sneaky little tree roots may figure out that there’s a constant water supply in your pipes and won’t hesitate to take advantage. Avoid planting these types of trees near your home:

    • Sycamore
    • Willow
    • Oak
    • Elm
    • Fig
    • Maple
    • Aspen
    • Birch
  • Too much water pressure

Your pipes are built to withstand a certain maximum pressure. If your water pressure rises above that, you’re likely to blow out seals or connections over time. You can have a plumber measure your home’s water pressure to be sure it’s within the recommended range.

We have served the Tampa Bay area since 1979, building a reputation for honest, top-quality work. If you have a water leak, call our team of plumbing experts at (727) 934-0323 for our 24-hour repair service, and find out why so many people trust their homes and businesses to Friend’s Plumbing.