Water Leak Facts Every Homeowner Should Know

Water Leak Problems

Struggling With Water Leaks? Here’s What to Do!

The dreaded water leak. It’s something no homeowner wants to hear because it can lead to all sorts of other struggles and challenges with the plumbing system (including an increase in the water bill that’s due for the month). However, water leaks are quite common in homes, and therefore can easily be solved when they are caught early on. In this article, homeowners can learn more about what causes a water leak and how it can cause damage. They’ll also learn various methods for taking care of the plumbing system to prevent leaks from happening again.

What Is a Water Leak and How Can It Be Fixed?

How to Fix a Water Leak?When people think of water leaks, they typically think of a leaky faucet first. And while faucets and other fixtures are a common location for water leaks, they can also occur in water heaters and where homeowners can’t see them: in the pipes behind the walls and under the ground. This, unfortunately, is why water leaks can go undetected for months or even years. 

Once a water leak is found, professional plumbers will step in to determine the best way to fix it. Depending on the size, location, and severity of the leak, a plumber may do simple patchwork, they may need to replace a specific joint of the pipes or a specific part of the faucet, or they may suggest replacing the entire pipe. In severe cases, if multiple pipes are leaking throughout the house, it may be best to repipe the house. No matter what the case may be, professional plumbers will always have the right tools and knowledge to fix the problem at hand.

What Causes Leaking?

What causes water leaks in the first place? Answering this question is like answering the question “what causes a dog to bark?”. It could be a squirrel, it could be a car driving down the street, it could be someone coming through the door, or any number of things. The same is true for water leaks. There are many causes, often seasonal, for leaks. Within the spring and summer months, one of the biggest causes of leaks is rapid temperature changes. When a heatwave hits suddenly, it can expand the pipes too quickly, leading to leaks. 

Root intrusion is also more common during the summer. Roots are attracted to moisture, so they grow towards the pipes underground and can wiggle their way in forming clogs and other damage. Additionally, normal wear and tear, as well as corrosion, can also lead to leaking pipes.

How Can Homeowners Prevent Leakage?

Water Leak Prevention TipsNow comes the biggest question: how can water leaks be prevented? First and foremost, homeowners should learn the common signs of leaking pipes so that they can be resolved quickly before resulting in more damage. Some of those signs can include:
  • High water bills
  • Musty smells
  • Mold spots on pipes

Spotting leaks shortly after they happen can prevent a lot of damage. Also, engaging in routine maintenance services helps homeowners see the “behind the scenes” of their plumbing system. This allows them to monitor any wear and tear and replace pipes, joints, or other plumbing fixtures before a leak occurs.

About A&A Plumbing

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A&A Plumbing has been serving San Antonio and surrounding areas since 2007. All of their services are carried out with a personalized approach and top-notch service from start to finish. They do not perform rush jobs, shoddy work, or a one-size-fits-all solution, but instead find the source of the problem and present homeowners with the most cost-effective solution.