What Causes Pipe Leaks?

May 20, 2020

Plumbing leaks need to be fixed as soon as possible. Leaky pipes promote mold growth and attract pests, but also lead to costly water damage. Here are some of the things that can cause a pipe to leak.

High Water Pressure

While many homeowners are often concerned about low water pressure, high water pressure can be even more damaging. Even the best pipes can't handle more than 80 psi. The extra stress is bound to cause a rupture at some point. Fortunately, a professional plumber can solve the problem by adjusting your water pressure.


As trees continue to grow, their roots naturally start to get stronger. A powerful tree root can easily break through cement and metal. This could be bad news for your underground water lines. Sycamore, willow, oak, and maple trees all have invasive roots that spread out in every direction.

Wear and Tear

Corrosion can cause pipes to endure a lot of extra wear and tear. Mineral-rich water from the ground is especially hard on pipes. The use of chemical drain cleaners can also eat away at pipes. It's only a matter of time before a weakened pipe starts to leak.

Outdated Materials

Pipes made from outdated materials are more prone to leaking. If your pipes are leaking, now is an excellent time to upgrade to more durable material. Because copper piping is so extremely resistant to corrosion, many professionals recommend it. While galvanized steel pipes are less expensive, they tend to rust away from the inside out.

Incorrect Pipe Laying

When getting new plumbing fixtures installed, it's important to have the work done by a licensed professional. Incorrect pipe laying will eventually lead to leaks.

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