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Ask a Glendale Plumber: What Causes Pipes to Leak?

September 18, 2015

Leaky pipes can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare, especially if they don’t have access to calling a Glendale plumber for repair. When pipes begin leaking, it can waste gallons of water that could be otherwise used for your plumbing fixtures. Worse, it can lead to puddling in your home, which can create a huge, watery mess if not treated immediately. Though it may appear that a tiny leak isn’t anything to worry over, it may lead to you spending more money on countless repairs and monthly water bills.

Fortunately, Anthony’s Plumbing has a Glendale plumber who can help repair your pipes and keep leaks from happening. We understand how leaks can grow into a major inconvenience that interrupt your home’s other peaceful, comforting atmosphere. Our Glendale plumber will get to the root of the problem and consult with you on the work that needs to be done to get leaks fixed.

What Can Cause Your Pipes to Leak?

Once we get to the root of the problem, we’ll able to fix leaks in no time. Here’s a few causes for pipe leaks you should concern yourself with and know before you call us:

  1. Corrosion: This is most commonly found in metallic pipes that are 15 years old or older, but that doesn’t mean it can’t occur in newer ones as well. There are several things that contribute to this corrosion – water chemistry, the pH level of the water, the amount of oxygen in the water, the temperature, and the velocity/pressure of the water in the pipes.
  2. Excessive Pressure: If the pressure of the water flowing through the pipes is too much, it creates weak spots. This, in turn, will cause a leak. If you think you have excessive water pressure in your home, you can have a pressure regulator installed, and it will hopefully solve the problem.
  3. Temperature Changes: You know how if you put really hot water into an ice cold glass, the glass can break? The same thing goes for your pipes. Because water expands and contracts with changes in temperature, a sudden burst of hot water into a freezing cold pipe could cause that pipe to burst.
  4. Frozen Pipes:Pipes that freeze can burst because of the expansion of water. Frozen or burst pipes can render your home hazardous and you may have to find another place to live as it’s prepared. This can be avoided by having one of our team members out to your home to winterize your pipes.
  5. Water Erosion:Over time, water is so powerful that it can cut deep into rock. This means it can do similar things to the inside of your pipes, especially if your pipes are made of copper. It can slowly erodes the inside of the pipe until it eventually breaks through.

Contact Anthony’s Plumbing today and we’ll send a Glendale plumber to your home to keep pipe leaks down to an all-time low!