Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is a hidden pipe leak. These stealthy plumbing issues can make a quick mess and lead to expensive water damage. Learn what to do when you experience a leaky pipe and how to prevent them from occurring in the first place. The professionals at Bud Anderson Home Services will take quick action to get your leak under control and your house back in shape.
Leaky Pipes 101
When it comes to leaks, not all are the same. The most common pipe leaks are those that occur under sinks and behind drywall, water heater leaks, toilet leaks, and slab/foundation leaks. Regardless of where your leak is located, leaks are big issues. Leaks can lead to expensive home damage like ruined ceilings, walls, floors, furniture, and more. In addition to water damage comes the threat of mold and mildew growth too.
If you see small cracks in your pipes, you may need plumbing repair services soon. Get ahead of plumbing emergencies by scheduling a plumbing inspection and maintenance call. Contact us today at (479) 927-2700!
What Causes Leaky Pipes?
The factors that contribute to leaky pipes are diverse, but some of the most common reasons are:
- Shifting soils. As your foundation shifts from soil migration, it can change how your water lines function and lay. Sometimes these lines can become disconnected or even rupture.
- Tree roots. Pipe cracks can disperse water vapor into ground soil, attracting tree roots looking for some H20. These water-seeking roots can lead to pipe displacement and breaks.
- Corroded pipes. Not all pipe materials are created equal. Some pipes are prone to rust, leading to leaks.
- Loose connections or faulty seals. If your pipe connections become loose, or the seals are no longer working as they should, a pipe leak can result.
- Temperature changes. Pipes can crack and then leak if they experience an extreme change in temperature—usually when the weather turns cold unexpectedly.
- High water pressure. High-pressurized water moving through your pipes can also cause a crack or break.
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When Do You Need Pipe Repair?
Identifying the signs that you need pipe repair is the first step to evading a plumbing emergency. Pipe repair may be necessary if you notice small leaks or cracks in your pipes. Other signs to watch out for are higher water bills, discolored water, stains on walls or ceilings, pooled water, clogging pipes, decreased water pressure, damaged flooring, dampness, the sound of dripping water, and aging pipes. PVC pipes will last forever, but pipes made from other materials (galvanized steel, brass, copper, iron) have a shelf life.
Not sure what material your pipes are made of? Call in a plumbing professional from Bud Anderson to inspect your pipes and educate you on when you may need to replace them. Contact us today at (479) 927-2700!
Prevent Leaky Pipes with Regular Maintenance and These Tips
When it comes to preventing leaky pipes, the best thing you can do is watch for signs of pipe problems and act when you see anything suspicious. Also, ask your plumbing technician to check the water pressure in your home. If the water pressure in your plumbing system is higher than 60 psi for an extended period, leaks can spring up. During your service appointment, the technician can make the proper adjustments to help take the pressure off your pipes. You can also add a water softener; hard water mineral deposits corrode your pipes more quickly, leading to leaks.
Contact us today to schedule a pipe inspection at (479) 927-2700!
How Bud Anderson Can Help
Get ahead of pipe leaks by scheduling a leak detection and repair visit from the experts at Bud Anderson. Our team can assess your walls, foundation, and underground for potential leaks or current problems and recommend the necessary leak repairs.
Our expert plumbers locate leaks quickly, even if they are hiding in the ceiling, under cabinets, or behind finished wall surfaces. With fiber-optic cameras, thermal imaging, sound amplification, and physical inspections, we find the leak source and stop it in its tracks.
Bud Anderson has been serving the Arkansas community since 1987. We offer upfront pricing, 24/7 emergency services, and honest, reliable work. Contact us today to schedule a pipe inspection at (479) 927-2700!
Frequently Asked Questions About Leaky Pipes
I can hear water running in my walls. Is that normal?
If you can hear water running inside your walls, it could be because a water source (shower, toilet, dishwasher, clothes washer, etc.) is on. If no water source is activated, it may mean you have a pipe leak.
What should I do if I have a major leak inside my home?
First, turn off your water supply at your main shutoff valve. Contact Bud Anderson for an emergency visit and your insurance company to report the damage.
How long does leak detection take?
Typically, testing will take 1-4 hours (depending on how much plumbing there is to test and how many leaks are present).