If you ever encounter a slow running drain in your sink or bathtub, this could be a sign that your drain is clogged or blocked. If you look carefully at your sink, bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixtures, you may notice excessive amounts of water. This could be a sign that your plumbing has started leaking. This may seem like a minor issue at first, but it can quickly develop into a much larger problem. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, the resulting repair bills could be extensive. Let’s take a closer look at four reasons why your plumbing may have started to leak.
- Blocked Drains
Slow running drains in the sink, shower or bathtub are a sure sign that you have a blockage in your drain. The resulting leaks could be caused by these clogs, the pressure may even build up over time, and your pipes could even explode. Many homeowners, resort to using chemical drain cleaning products to clear the blockage. These may be effective, but they are not a good solution because they will damage your pipes. This can lead to other repair bills later on, which makes it a poor option. It’s a far better idea to call a professional plumber; they will be able to gently remove the clog without damaging your plumbing.
- Moving Soil
Even if you’re not suffering from earthquakes, moving soil deposits can still cause a problem. This can occur due to mudslides or soil erosion that can both occur after heavy downpours of spring rain. This soil movement can disrupt your plumbing and lead to a new set of leaks in your home. Even the smallest amount of soil movement could be enough to cause a plumbing leak. For this reason, it’s a great idea to inspect your plumbing after a heavy storm.
- A Seal is Broken
Most of us have water using appliances in our homes that use a lot of water. Each of these appliances has seals that may become worn or broken, and this will lead to a water leak. When many homeowners inspect their plumbing, they often overlook their appliances as a possible cause. So, when you examine your plumbing, check your appliances as well to ensure that their seals are intact.
- The Pipes are Worn
Over time, the pipes in your home will wear out, and this is the most common cause for water leaks. Gradually tiny cracks will form in the surface of the pipe, and these will eventually turn into fractures. Smaller cracks in your plumbing pipes are easier and cheaper to fix than larger breaks. For this reason, it’s a good idea to identify these problem areas quickly and call on a professional plumber to get them fixed.
With all of these potential plumbing leaks, it’s advisable to get the problem fixed quickly. Water damage is very difficult and expensive to repair, and it will only get worse over time. If you suspect that you have a leak, contact a local certified professional plumber
for expert advice.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.