Common Causes of Water Leaks

Leaks are one of the most common reasons as to why people call plumbers. There isn’t just one cause of leaks. There are multiple ways your plumbing system can leak. Anywhere from toilets to roots getting into your home and crushing your pipes. 

Running Toilets

running toilets leak water

While a running toilet doesn’t appear to be leaking any water it can waste about a gallon of water in 30-45 seconds.  While this commonly happens, it is generally an easy fix. It usually involves a new floater or even a new flapper. These are found in your toilet tank and are easy to replace. You generally don’t even need to call a plumber out for it!

Weak Pipe Joints 

weak pipe joints cause leaks

Pipes need to be joined together in a few circumstances like if the pipe needs to turn or the type of pipe is changing. These connections or joints can be a weak point of the pipes. If you are noticing noises like banging then it’s possible these joints are stressed leaking. 

High Water Pressure 

too high pressure can burst your pipe

While pipes are able to withstand a lot of pressure, there is always a breaking point. If the water pressure is extremely high for long periods of time then it can burst the pipe. This will cause the water to leak out and would likely cause water damage. 

Leaky Faucets 

a leaky faucet wastes a lot of water

A leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year according to the EPA. If you have a little plumbing know-how, or are handy with a wrench then sometimes you may just be able to tighten a few things and the problem will be gone. However, if you are unsure we always recommend calling a trusted plumber. 

Temperature Changes

frozen pipes can burst

Any one who lives in a cold climate may have to worry about their pipes freezing and bursting. Iced over pipes can cause more pressure on the pipe, and then like too high water pressure it bursts. This can cause water to go everywhere. If the weather around you changes on a dime, then the heating and cooling of your pipes can lead to constant expansion and contraction of your pipes. This can cause cracks or other wear and tear on your pipes. 


tree roots can crush pipes

Roots love water, and if there is even the smallest amount of moisture around your pipe then a root will likely go there. The roots will grow as tall as a bush or tree. Meaning, that if you have a tree close by to your home, then a root can crush your pipe and cause leaks inside your home. Our plumbers see it more often than you may think. 


corroded pipes can cause leaks

As pipes age, they can corrode. The water that comes into contact with your metal pipes will slowly corrode them as time goes on. Eventually that corrosion can create little holes in the pipes. Those holes then leak water out of them. If your piping is on the newer side then they may suggest replacing that one section of pipe. If your pipes are old or galvanized steel then it might be best to replace all the piping in your home. 

Final Thoughts

It is important to say that leaks need to be taken care of as soon as they are spotted. A leak can lead to more than just a higher water bill. It can lead to mold growth and other water damage. No matter what the cause may be, a leak needs to be fixed immediately.

Call 1-Tom-Plumber

Don’t hesitate to contact us here or call us at 1-Tom-Plumber (1-866-758-6237) if you have a leak that needs to be fixed. 1-Tom-Plumber’s certified team of plumbers and drain technicians respond immediately to any emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, or water damage problem. We also handle the excavation of underground water lines and sewer main lines. Our immediate-response team is available every day and night of the year, even on holidays.

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