Leaking pipes are one of the most common forms of plumbing problems. Not all water leaks are created equal, some are barely visible, some obvious, but if you have noticed water where it shouldn’t be, or mouldy patches around your home, act immediately. If you suspect a leaking pipe, you will appreciate the expertise, professionalism and exemplary service you will receive from National Plumbing.
What Causes a Leaking Pipe in the First Place?
- Foundation Shifts
As your home settles over time there can be small shifts in its foundation that can cause larger adjustments for your internal plumbing, causing them to dislodge or break.
- High Water Pressure
Water moving through pipes at high speeds can increase the chance of a leak as it leads to more general wear and tear. Sudden changes in the direction of water flow can also be too much for some pipes to handle.
- Tree Roots
Tree roots seek water and if tiny cracks in your pipe appears, water vapor can escape which means that roots will burrow their way into your pipes and cause bigger problems.
- Temperature Change
Extreme changes in temperature can cause pipes to crack, this is due to the expansion of pipes and joins in hot weather and contraction of pipes and joins in cold weather.
It is time to call a plumber if you see discoloured water or warped or stained walls. These are all tell-tale signs of a malfunctioning plumbing system, it is also a good idea to have your internal plumbing routinely checked by a plumber to stop many of these issues before they become a big problem.
If a leaking pipe has gotten out of control, the most important thing you should do is to turn off your household water supply. To cut off water to the taps, turn the shut-offs under the sink all the way to the right, if there are no shut-offs under the sink then use the main water shut-off for the entire house. If you turn off at the mains, this will stop all water flowing into your house, this is probably out on your street or in the front yard.