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Top 3 Common Causes of Water Leaks


When left ignored, a small leak or drip can create costly damage as well as potential health risks. But, if caught early, most of the damage caused by leaks can be avoided. Check out the most common causes of water leaks and how you can stop plumbing damage in its tracks.  

Corrosion or Degradation

Leaks often accompany corrosion or degradation, both of which require a plumber's attention. There are many reasons your pipes may begin to corrode - an issue with water quality, a chemical reaction, or simply the age of your pipes are all common causes. Older homes have an especially high risk for rust damage due to the use of copper and steel pipes. If you start to notice rust on your pipes or find bits of metal or sediment in your water, have a plumber look at it immediately. If the corrosion has not already caused a leak, it will eventually, since the issue will only get worse when left unchecked.

Another common cause for leaks is degradation or movement. Over time, your home moves and the foundation settles. When this happens, everything - including your pipes - moves too, causing pipes to shift and sometimes separate. Even the slightest separation can cause leaks inside your walls, so if you notice water stains, contact a plumber to investigate.

Water Pressure

High water pressure may make for an amazing shower, but the harder your water hits the inside of your pipes, the greater your risk of eventual leaks. You may have a water pressure problem if you are finding leaks in multiple fixtures throughout your home or if you notice leaks that only appear intermittently (like at night). Incorrect pressure can not only cause leaks, it can even cause pipes to burst in extreme cases.

Uneven water pressure can also produce leaks. Any continuous high and low fluxing can strain the pipes. If too much water is forced through the pipes too quickly at too high of a pressure level, it can crack the pipes further and quickly lead to catastrophe. Therefore, if  you're concerned about your pressure or have noticed leaking, have a plumber test the pressure and make any adjustments.


While a clog may not seem like an urgent threat, some can lead to overflowing or even burst pipes. Pressure will build behind any blockage, potentially leading to structural damage depending on how serious the clog is. Plus, if the clog is mixed with corrosive substances like household chemicals, it can speed up the damage to your pipes.

Consider installing hair traps in your pipes to help prevent clogs from forming, and always be extra aware of what you put down the drain. If you think your leak may be due to a clog, you may need to call a plumber to investigate. Many clogs are hidden and due to sewer connections and roots, making it impossible to fix on your own.

Worried about a leaky pipe or fixture in your home or office? David Gray is ready to help solve plumbing issues quickly and efficiently. Call (904) 605-8190 for more information.