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“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin.

He couldn’t have been more right because water leaks in our homes result in a waste of resources, increasing our water bills.  Although this increase might seem negligible at first, it can lead to significant expenses that can break your bank. Aside from an increase in bills, water leaks also cause unwanted organic growth, structural damage, and even electrical risks.

Figuring out if you have a water leak isn’t always easy due to being unable to see most of the pipework in your home. However, If you have had an increase in your water bills lately, noticed water stains on walls and ceilings, smelt lousy odor, etc. You might want to consider requesting plumbing services to get it checked out.

There are several causes of water leaks, and we have compiled the common reasons below. Check to see if you have had related issues in your home recently.

Clogged drains

Food particles, dirt, and grease can cause clogged drains and block the passage of water in and out of your sink. If undealt with, increased pressure within the gutters can cause an overflow and end up cracking or bursting pipes. To avoid clogged drains in your home, we advise you to avoid pouring particles down the drain and regular cleaning of sinks.

High water pressure

You noticed your home water pressure is higher than usual but then, why should you care? It’s out of your control.

It would be best if you cared because your average water pressure should be 60 Psi (per square inch) and although your home’s plumbing system is designed to withstand 80 Psi. An increase in water pressure can put a strain on your home pipes and lead to cracks, or worse, burst pipes. If you ever notice that your home water pressure is higher than usual, get in touch with a professional about regulating it.

Corrosion

As your pipework gets older, it gets weaker and more vulnerable to rust after the frequent passage of water through them, which can eat away at pipes and cause cracks. A visible sign of corrosion in your home plumbing system is discoloration and although this might be hard to detect due to most pipes hidden away. We advise doing a frequent checkup every few years and change pipes once they are old to ensure a sound plumbing system

Weakened pipe joints

Pipe joints are the parts of our plumbing system where the pipes connect. They are the weakest point of our plumbing system. As a result, they are more susceptible to deterioration. It is essential to note that even though pipes are designed to withstand pressure and last for a while, they weren’t designed to last forever; therefore, they would deteriorate over time. This deterioration could lead to cracks in plumbing systems. A common sign of damaged pipe joints is excessive noise from taps.

Broken seals

Another cause of water leaks in homes is broken seals of home appliances that use water, e.g., a dishwasher. When such appliances are installed, seals are installed around water connectors for easy passage of water through the machine. Hence, a broken seal can cause leakage of water when in use.

With little or no knowledge of plumbing, understanding your home’s plumbing system enough to fix some of these issues (without consequence) can be a hassle. Get in touch with plumbing experts in Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, and environ today, and they’ll make those issues disappear. Please view service locations here: Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson, Sparks, Carson City.

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