Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

Repair Options For 3 Common Plumbing Leaks

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Depending on location and severity, a leak in your home can range from a minor inconvenience to a wallet-busting expense. Keeping up with proper maintenance and fixing problems as they appear is the best way to avoid devastating costs, but being proactive can't solve every problem. Once your plumbing has sprung a leak, you need to know the best options for repairing the damage.

Since not every leak is the same, the steps necessary to fix them will vary, as well. These are three common leaks found in residential structures, as well as the best options for shoring up your plumbing and preventing further water damage.

1. Pinhole Leaks

Pinhole leaks occur in copper pipes when the metal wears down enough to allow a small, high-velocity stream of water to escape. These leaks can eject water from the pipe with a surprising amount of force, so they are often audible from other rooms in the house. Even small pinhole leaks can release a surprisingly large amount of water, potentially leading to severe damage in their vicinity.

Repairing a pinhole leak requires your plumber to replace the impacted portion of plumbing, but you shouldn't stop there. In many cases, pinhole leaks indicate corroded or otherwise degraded copper plumbing. A more thorough inspection will often reveal other vulnerable sections of plumbing that may spring leaks soon.

2. Leaking Faucets

Dripping faucets should be a cause for concern for several reasons. It might not seem like you're losing much water to that slow drip, but it can add up on your utility bills over time. Even worse, it may be causing additional wear and corrosion on your internal fixture parts. This accelerated wear may eventually cause them to fail, leading to a more expensive and inconvenient issue.

Fortunately, you'll rarely need to replace an entire fixture to repair a leaking faucet. In most cases, the problem may lie with a worn-out washer, failed cartridge, or some other internal part breakdown. Experienced plumbers can quickly disassemble and assess your faucet, allowing you to stop these leaks with very little money spent on parts.

3. Burst Pipes

Unlike a pinhole leak, a burst pipe will typically create a torrent of water that's impossible to ignore. Pipes often burst due to freezing conditions, but catastrophic failures may also occur due to joint problems. Always shut your water supply off immediately with any gushing leak to prevent further water damage to the surrounding area.

Repairing a burst pipe may require you to replace a large section of plumbing than a pinhole leak. As with any other leak, be sure to investigate the underlying cause of the pipe failure. Understanding why your pipe developed a sudden leak can help you to protect yourself against leaks occurring elsewhere in the future.

For more information about plumbing services, contact a local plumber.

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21 January 2021