Common Causes of Household Leaks

Common Causes of Household Leaks

Water leaks can pop up in pipes, drain lines, plumbing fixtures, or appliances. They can cause major damage if left alone. Here are some common household leaks and how to prevent them.

Signs of a Leak

Water leaks go unnoticed in nearly 10% of households which wastes about 90 gallons per day. There are certain red flags that indicate your home may be a victim. Check for them.

An inexplicable high water bill is one. Leaks in toilets, faucets, and showerheads are common culprits.

A sudden decrease in water pressure may mean a water supply pipe is leaking or blocked. Sediment build-up in pipes, water leaks, and broken valves are common causes of low water pressure.

The sound of water. If you hear water running, rattling, or hissing when the plumbing fixtures are off, check for a leak.

Other signs of a leak include mold and mildew growth; peeling or blistering paint or wallpaper; and warped, stained, or sagging floors and ceilings.

A slow leak can go undetected for months or years. Homeowners need to inspect their plumbing regularly inside and outside. Look for moisture around the pipes. If leaks are detected and repaired early, it will save you money down the road.

Common Causes of Household Leaks

Faucets and Toilets. A running toilet can be repaired by shortening the flapper chain or replacing the flapper. A leaky faucet can be fixed by replacing the washer. If water keeps dripping into the sink, consider buying a new faucet.

Tub or Sink Cracks. They can cause water to leak out of the basin that’s supposed to be holding it in. Cracks can occur from frequent use, general wear and tear, impact damage, or corrosion. Get them repaired before further use.

Hose Connections. Broken or loose connections can create wet spots in your yard or cause areas to appear to be sunken down. An underground leak is most likely to blame. Find the leak as soon as possible, and tighten the connection or replace it if necessary.

Old Rubber Seals. The seals or washers on appliances that frequently use water can become worn out. As a result, this can cause dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines to leak. Get the seals replaced.

Clogged Drain Lines. Water that would usually drain into the sewer or septic system has no place to go. Instead, it backs up in the sink, tub, appliance, or laundry basin. Clear the clogged drain or call a plumber.

Corroded Pipes. For many years, galvanized iron and lead pipes were used in homes. These substances can degrade pipes, causing them to become paper thin. It’s best to replace old pipes and fittings with new copper or plastic ones.

Old Water Heater. Look around the base for signs of leaks. A standard water heater typically lasts 8 to 12 years. Even a small leak can cause big problems. Get the water heater inspected regularly and keep it maintained.

Stopping Leaks

If you find a plumbing leak in your home, here are ways to stop it. Locate your home’s main water valve and shut it off. Install shut-off valves at individual appliances and fixtures. Put in a flow sensor that detects plumbing leaks and automatically shuts off water. Remove hoses from outdoor spigots in the winter. Add insulation to pipes in colder parts of your house.

Most importantly, you must fix problems quickly. Even small leaks can cause significant water damage or mold if left untouched.

Let Us Clean Up

When it comes to water, flood, or fire damage, Flood Department is here to help. We provide water damage repair and clean-up services for homeowners and businesses. Our service area covers Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We are dedicated to helping reverse the unfortunate results. Contact us at 301-829-2600 or visit us online.