Leaks: Why They Occur and How to Repair Them

Leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners face. However, leaks can be small and slow, prolonging the time it takes to notice you have a leak while increasing the amount of water damage affecting your home in the meantime. Knowing the most common areas for leaks to form and the smallest signs that you may have a leak can help you identify leaks in their earliest stages to alert your plumbing professional when help is needed. Even if you aren’t sure where a leak is located, your Cleveland plumber can employ advanced leak detection techniques to identify the cause and location of the leak so proper repair measures can be taken.

Common Areas Affected by Leaks

Some of the most common home fixtures affected by leaks are faucets and toilets. As these fixtures age, wear and tear affects their water-tightness and can lead to small or large leaks. A leak can also occur in an exposed pipe during freezing weather; if the water inside the pipe freezes, it will expand and can potentially cause the pipe to burst. Copper water pipes can be vulnerable to corrosion over the long term if your water is particularly hard. Similarly, water heaters can develop leaks in their valves or in the tank itself due to high pressure, hard water, or even general wear and tear. The areas where pipes are joined are sometimes more vulnerable to leaks than long stretches of pipe, simply because these connections may be affected by wear and tear first. High water pressure can put excess strain on pipes and connections, also leading to an increased risk of leaks over time. Leaks are often identified when homeowners notice a fixture visibly dripping or hear a toilet running. However, other signs of water damage can be subtler, such as dark streaks, musty odors, and rising water bills.

Common Professional Solutions for Leaks

Whether you’ve identified a leak or simply suspect your plumbing system may be leaking, the next step is to call your professional plumber. He will start with the process of leak detection, which may include a visual inspection of your plumbing or the use of advanced equipment to determine whether a leak exists and find its exact location. Once the location of the leak is known, your plumber can develop a solution that will eliminate it permanently to restore the health of your plumbing system and prevent further damage to your home or increases on your water bills. Leaks in otherwise stable pipes or drains can often be patched to seal them. Similarly, leaking faucets and running toilets can often be repaired, although replacement may be a better option if the faucet, toilet, or other leaking fixture is old or outdated. Exposed plumbing should be insulated to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting in the future. If your leaks are caused by hard water, your plumber may suggest installing a water softening system to prevent further corrosion of your water lines. Widespread leaks associated with long-term hard water damage may be a good indicator that it’s time to replace the piping in your home entirely.

Leaks may seem like a small concern, but they can cause extensive property damage and raise your monthly utility bills without professional attention. If you’re concerned about leaks or any other plumbing problem in Cleveland, you can reach a plumber via our website for professional leak detection and repair. You can also browse through our blog for more tips and information about common home and commercial plumbing concerns.

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