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Why Leaks Happen

Pipe leaks can occur due to many factors. While some leaks may be caused by aging pipes or normal wear and tear, others can be caused by poor installation, environmental factors, or even the characteristics of your home’s water supply. The following are some of the most common types of leaks in homes:

  • Corrosion: Over time, pipes can corrode, leading to leaks and bursts. This is especially common in older homes with metal galvanized pipes. As the pipes age, they become more susceptible to corrosion, which can cause small pinholes or larger cracks to form in the pipe walls. These openings allow water to escape, resulting in a leaking pipe.
  • High water pressure: When the water pressure in your home’s plumbing system is too high, it stresses the pipes, causing them to weaken. High water pressure can be caused by a malfunctioning water pressure regulator or a water supply that delivers water at a higher pressure than your home’s plumbing system can handle.
  • Shifting soil: As the soil around your home’s foundation shifts, it can put pressure on the pipes, causing them to crack or separate at the joints. This can be a particularly significant problem for underground pipes, such as those in your home’s sewer line or water supply line.
  • Temperature changes: As water freezes, it expands, putting pressure on the pipe walls. When the ice thaws, the pipes may have cracked or burst, causing a plumbing leak. Even in areas without extreme cold, temperature changes can cause pipes to expand and contract slightly over time, which can lead to leaks at the joints or connections.
  • Damaged seals or fittings: Regular use over time can lead to worn-out washers or seals on faucets and faulty toilet flappers and seals. Fixture leaks in showers, bathtubs, and sinks can also be affected by damaged seals and connections.

The Consequences of Ignoring Pipe Leaks

Water leaks may seem minor, but the consequences of ignoring them can be costly and extensive. From mold growth and structural damage to increased utility bills, even small leaks can quickly escalate into major problems. The following examples demonstrate some of the consequences of neglecting plumbing leaks.

  • Structural damage: Water can weaken foundations, walls, and ceilings, compromising your home’s structural integrity. As water infiltrates the structure, it can cause wood to rot, metal to rust, and concrete to crack or crumble.
  • Mold growth: Mold thrives in damp, dark environments, making leaking pipes the perfect breeding ground. Mold can spread quickly, often growing behind walls or under flooring without immediate detection. Mold exposure can lead to health problems, including respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and, in severe cases, neurological disorders. Remediating mold can be a costly and time-consuming process, making early leak detection important.
  • Higher utility bills: Leaks can waste tons of water, leading to a noticeable increase in monthly water expenses. In addition to the cost of the wasted water, leaks can cause your water heater to work harder to maintain the desired temperature, resulting in higher energy bills.
  • Decreased property value: Untreated water damage can lead to visible signs of deterioration, such as staining, warping, or crumbling of surfaces. These cosmetic issues combine with hidden structural damage to reduce your home’s property value.

Leaks Based on Pipe Materials

Your home’s plumbing pipe materials can impact the likelihood and nature of a plumbing leak. Different types of pipes have unique characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages that can contribute to the development of leaks over time. This section identifies the most common types of pipe materials for residential plumbing pipes and how their properties can influence the risk of plumbing leaks.

  • Copper pipes: While durable, copper pipes are prone to pinhole leaks due to corrosion.
  • PVC pipes: PVC is resistant to corrosion but can crack or break due to impacts or extreme temperatures.
  • Galvanized pipes: Galvanized pipes, usually made of steel, are susceptible to rust and corrosion, which can lead to leaks and reduced water flow.
  • Cast iron pipe: Cast iron pipes can be prone to leaks due to corrosion, especially if the pipes are older. Over time, the interior of cast iron pipes can develop a buildup of rust and mineral deposits, which can restrict water flow and cause leaks at the joints or seams.

When to Call a Professional

While some water leaks may seem minor and manageable, certain signs of leaks indicate it’s time to call a professional plumbing repair service. Ignoring these warning signs can lead to more damage and costly repairs down the line. Here are the key indicators that it’s time to seek expert assistance:

  • Visible water damage or stains on walls, ceilings, or floors.
  • The sound of running water when no taps are in use.
  • A sudden spike in your water bill without explanation.
  • Decreased water pressure or flow.
  • The presence of mold or a musty odor.
  • Standing water around your home’s foundation.

How We Deal With Leaks

If you notice any signs of water leaks in or around your home, contact Logan Services right away for fast, professional plumbing repair. With years of experience and a complete commitment to customer satisfaction, our team is equipped to handle any leak, big or small. Our skilled technicians start by conducting a comprehensive inspection of your plumbing system. Using specialized leak detection equipment, we accurately pinpoint the source of the pipe leak, even if it’s hidden behind walls or under floors. Once the leak has been located, our team follows a step-by-step process to repair the issue:

  1. Isolate the affected area: We shut off water to the damaged section to prevent additional leakage.
  2. Assess the damage: Our technicians evaluate the extent of the damage and determine the best course of action.
  3. Repair or replace: Depending on the severity of the leak, we either repair the damaged pipe or replace it entirely.
  4. Test and verify: After the pipe leak repair, we test the system to confirm there are no other leaks.
  5. Clean up: We clean and restore the work area, leaving your home as clean as we found it.

Water leaks can wreak havoc on your home if left unchecked. Understanding common causes of plumbing leaks can help you be proactive about protecting your property. If you suspect a leak in your home, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Logan Services for prompt, reliable, fast, and friendly service.

The Logan Difference

At Logan Services, we understand the importance of treating our customers like family. That’s why we go above and beyond to make every interaction with our team a positive one, from the moment you call us to the final walkthrough of your installed system.

Our commitment to quality begins with our rigorous training program for installers. Our installers undergo extensive training to give them the knowledge and skills necessary to complete every job to the highest standards. Our team follows a comprehensive checklist that must be completed and signed off on by our experienced install managers for every job. This guarantees that no detail is overlooked and that your installation is completed efficiently and effectively.

We care about our customers. That’s why we take the time to gather all the necessary materials before beginning a job, minimizing delays and frustration for our clients. Our team also provides thorough walkthroughs with every customer, demonstrating how to set up and troubleshoot their new system before we leave.

When you choose Logan, you’re not just choosing a service provider – you’re choosing a partner who is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction. That’s the Logan Difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I fix a water leak myself?

While some minor leaks may be DIY-friendly, it’s generally recommended to hire a professional for a permanent repair. Attempting to fix a leak yourself can lead to further damage. Professional plumbers have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and resolve leaks accurately, guaranteeing a lasting solution.

How often should I have my plumbing inspected for leaks?

It’s a good idea to have your plumbing system professionally inspected every 1-2 years to conduct leak detection before problems arise, saving you money and headaches in the long run. Your plumber may recommend more frequent inspections if your home has older pipes or a history of leaks.

Where should I look for leaks if I have a super high water bill?

We recommend starting by checking the easiest potential issues first, namely dripping faucets, running toilets, and a leaky water heater, along with examining floors and walls. If you’ve checked these areas out and are still having problems with high water bills, contact a plumbing professional like Logan Services for water leak detection and repair services.

What is the most common water leak in the house?

Toilet leaks are the most common water leaks in the home, especially around toilet flappers, seals, and toilet tanks. These leaks will often go undiscovered by homeowners because they’re often silent and invisible, typically draining the wasted water directly into the sewer, which keeps it out of sight of unsuspecting residents.

When is a water leak an emergency?

If a water leak becomes serious enough that it begins causing flooding or damage to your plumbing fixtures, walls, floors, or other parts of your home, it’s a plumbing emergency and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

How do I know if my pipes are leaking under my floor?

Warped floors with raises or bulges, warm spots, and wet or smelly floors are all signs that you have a pipe leak underneath your home’s flooring.

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