What Causes Plumbing Leaks?
They’re expensive, inconvenient but not mysterious. There are a few common causes of plumbing leaks. We get that
these disrupt your daily life. First, if you have a plumbing emergency, call us right away: (940) 287-3777. We provide
24 hour plumbing work in Flower Mound.
If you’re just trying to arm yourself with knowledge or diagnose a small or suspected leak, read on.
Find the Cause of a Plumbing Leak
Sinks, toilets and anything else connected to your pipes could spring a leak. Depending on how fast the flow, you may
have time to visually assess the situation. If you do, here is some expert insight to know what you’re looking at and
what you’re looking for.
1. Broken Seals
All of your plumbing fixtures and pipes are well-sealed. These seals can be as small as a specialty thread and as large
as rubber rims. If any of these break, crack or shift, leaks can occur. You may be on high alert for this issue in your
bathroom, but it can happen anywhere in your home. If you notice water where it shouldn’t be (ceiling, walls, floor), call
Old plumbing and corrosive substances in your pipes can cause tiny fractures and holes. This may be noticeable if a
pipe looks warped or changes color. Some old kinds of pipes have a higher risk of corrosion. Plumbing pipes should
last several decades. If they’re worn out, it’s a worthwhile investment to replace them. While some can be patched,
corrosion is a larger issue and the root cause should be discovered before you pay for any partial fixes.
Good old clogs. Sometimes, this is something you can investigate and deal with yourself. Get a flashlight and a coat
hanger or a plunger. What do you see? If there are visible obstructions (whether an object or a collection of
hair/grime), you can probably get them out. If they aren’t visible, it may mean your clog is too far down the pipe and
requires a plumbing snake. Remember to be careful as you dig around: you don’t want to damage an already leaky
4. Damaged Pipes
Plumbing pipes are made from a variety of materials, some more durable than others. You may have PVC, copper or
galvanized steel pipes. If your home is several decades old, you may have cast iron or clay pipes. Whatever you’re
dealing with, damage is possible. Impact from vehicles or renovation could disrupt underground pipes. Wear and tear,
chemicals and unaddressed clogs can cause tiny fractures in the pipes of your ceiling, walls or near fixtures. All of this
damage may be fixable in part. Deal with it quickly so the damage doesn’t spread.
5. Water Pressure
Pipes are designed to take a certain amount of pressure. If water pressure is excessively high, it could put immense
strain on your pipes and connectors. This is actually a pretty common cause of leaks and pipe damage. If you hear
rattling noises or notice drips out of your toilet, shower or faucet, this may be the problem you’re facing.
6. Underground Issues
The pipes underground are vital to conducting water in and out. That integration is the only way to keep your plumbing
functioning. You may be clued into an issue like this if you notice wet spots on your lawn, unstable soil, water in your
basement or low water pressure. Strittmatter has techs that can analyze slab leaks and other underground leaks,
which is a specialty service requiring unique tools. Go here to learn more
7. Loose Connections
All plumbing systems are composed of smaller lengths of pipes connected to each other. All of these connecting
points are a risk for leaks. Depending on the kind of pipes you have, you will have a similar material connecting them.
If these connectors come loose, water will come out. Identify the point where you notice moisture. Investigate the pipe
and connectors, seeing if you can rattle, shake or move any connecting pieces. If so, you may be able to tighten it
yourself. If not, call us to check it out.
How to Prevent Plumbing Leaks
Even though we literally do this for a living, it’s our hope that you won’t have to call us. To avoid having to make that
emergency call to a plumber, there are some steps you can take to maintain your plumbing and protect your pipes.
Remember that garbage disposals are not a garbage can. Even though the info is out there, many people still
aren’t careful about what goes down the garbage disposal. Just because it can break food waste down doesn’t
mean every kind of waste should go through your unit. If you put too much food or the wrong kind of food down
your garbage disposal, you could cause clogs and excessive pressure. Never put egg shells, oil, fibrous
fruits/veg, nuts, coffee grounds, animal bones, seeds, parts of onions, rice, pasta or bread.
- Use non-chemical drain cleaners. Chemical drain cleaners (like Drain-O, etc.) are easy to buy and use. The
problem is, even if they are the expensive foaming kind that claim to do it all, they have one major flaw: they
will eat everything away. Much like taking an antibiotic kills all of the bacteria in your system (good and bad), a
pipe cleaner can erode your pipes. If you use them too much, this could result in serious issues and leaks.
Hire a Plumber for Leaks
Strittmatter has the premiere plumbing teams in Flower Mound, TX. We are here to serve homeowners who notice
leaks in their homes. It’s important that any plumbing leaks are addressed as soon as possible. Water damage is not
something you want to face.
If you identify or suspect plumbing leaks in your home, call us: (940) 287-3777.
Have additional plumbing maintenance or install needs? We provide full plumbing services for homeowners in the
area. Contact us to ask questions and learn more.