Causes of leaky pipes range from poor plumbing installations, wear and tear to pressure and environmental effect.
There are different methods of fixing leaking pipes according to pipe material, but now we only look at the causes.
High water pressure – although it is rare to occur in South Africa, it sometimes happens that you can experience an influx of water pressure. Municipalities in South Africa make a point to monitor water usage strictly due to water shortages in the country, therefore it is not common for high water pressure influx. However, in those rare moments, plumbing pipes may get damaged, resulting in water leaks.
An easy solution is to have a pressure reducing valve fitting within your system. Your local plumber can fit in a pressure reducing valve and set it to the correct value.
Additionally, it is always important that after any plumbing repairs are done where water was temporarily cut off, you open faucets and let air out. This is especially true for repairs on main lines, as there is a tendency of air getting trapped in the lines, thereby inducing additional pressure to the system. The induced pressure is a hazard to plumbing pipes as well as faucets.
Causes Of Leaky Pipes in Drain Lines
Effect of tree roots – tree roots close to water supply line or water disposal lines may cause a weakness to pipe joints. Especially drain lines that dispose water from bathrooms, toilets, and kitchens into the sewer lines. Roots find their way inside the pipes, causing leaks and drain blockages.
Blocked drain lines.
Drain clogs can results in pipes getting burst or leaks on joints. Therefore, it is important to call drain cleaning service providers early and not ignore even a slow drain block.
Leaking Pipes in Galvanized Pipe Systems
Although less common these days, old houses still have galvanized plumbing pipes. These pipes are prone to corrosion, a reason why they are no longer popular. Leaking pipe joints may result from corrosion, as rust eats away the pipe at joints. Furthermore, rust built up may cause blockages and weaken the pipes.
Sudden rise or drop of temperature may cause cracks in water pipes that will eventually result in leaks.
As your plumbing system ages, rust and other forms of corrosion may eat away at the pipes.
Wear and Tear
Over time, the pipe fittings at joints become weaker due to aging. Small movements on pipe joints may result, causing water leakages.
Poor laying of pipes as well as poor joint fitting can be a cause of leaky pipes. Over time, a poorly connected joint will give in. Making use of reputable plumbing companies is recommended.
These are but some of the causes of leaking pipe in buildings