Water leaks in your home can make you feel confused and, most of all, helpless – where is it coming from? What caused the leak? Where do you even begin? These are some of the first questions that always pop up in one’s mind when faced with this challenge. The first thing you need to know is that it’s totally normal. Every house gets a leak every now and again – it’s just one of life’s many dodgeballs that it throws at your face. That doesn’t mean you need to feel discouraged or worried, there are loads of very typical reasons your house may be leaking, and there are also fast and efficient ways to handle the situation and be gone with the leak and your worries. That said, Have a look down below at possible reasons why your house is leaking, as well as what your options are regarding the matter.
This is one of the most common reasons why you may have a leak. Water will always try and find an alternative route to escape, and blocked drains cause the water to push through cracks and cause water damage to your house. These clogged pipes can be caused by an array of different things, such as hair. Hair is the main culprit behind clogged drains, seeing as it can knot and bind with other substances, forming a big clog inside your drain. Other reasons for blocked drains can include:
- Toilet paper that’s built up for a while.
- Kitchen waste like food.
- Minerals can also build up and cause the flow through the drain to decrease and then clog.
If you think this may be the cause of your water leak, call a blocked drains specialist to come and have a look before the situation worsens (yes, it can get worse). It’s a pretty dirty and icky job, so you’ll be glad to have someone else that’s willing and able to deal with the clog have a look at it instead of you.
When a plumber installs appliances or fixtures, they seal all the areas where the pipes connect with each other. These seals wear out over time, and when they break, the water is no longer held inside as much as it should, and then it starts to leak. These types of leakages usually occur around the appliances themselves and can cause rust if not handled as soon as possible. Fortunately, it’s also not a big problem to sort out. Your plumber should fix it relatively quickly by applying new seals to the affected area, using either silicone sealant or leak seal tape that creates a chemical layer around the pipe that keeps the water inside.
Above Average Water Pressure
In your home, the water pressure should hold a consistent rate of about 60 psi. If your water pressure reaches above 80 psi, it causes massive strain on your pipes, seeing as it was not designed to withstand that amount of pressure from the start. Above-average water pressure can cause your pipes to form little holes from the built-up tension that needed an escape and eventually cause them to burst entirely – that’s a big problem. One of the reasons your house’s water pressure may be higher than usual is clogged pipes, as discussed above, and can interrupt the flow of all the water through the pipes. If your leak is from the water pressure, it most probably means that you only have a small hole for now – that’s good news, by the way, because it means the pipe hasn’t burst yet. Call your plumber as soon as possible to have this fixed before it’s too late and you end up having to reinstall everything from scratch.
Don’t blame the poor guy. He can’t help it – after all, he was there first! That said, a tree’s roots can cause water leaks in your house and especially in the basement. The tree’s roots grow through the pipes, causing cracks and ultimately leaks because of water escaping from the pipes. Trees naturally grow towards water sources, especially if there are already any leaks in the sewer line. Once they’ve found a source of water, they take over, and the roots start overgrowing. These invading roots can cause blockages, cracked pipes, and a pretty messy situation. Bad news – this is one of the more costly repairs, costing up to $700 to remove the tree roots from your pipes. Afterward, the lines need to be repaired as well, costing anywhere from $100 – $200 per foot to repair. It has to be done, though, and the quicker you sort it out, the less you have to fix when they have removed the tree roots from the pipes.
A water heater generally lasts between twelve to fifteen years if looked after properly. Still, after that, leakages may start appearing due to the usual wear and tear over the years. If your water heater is leaking, you may begin to notice water around the heater itself, and if it’s leaking, it means that it has reached its expiry date. The water heater spreads on the bottom side because of old age and rust formed over the years, causing it to thin out on the bottom and start to leak. If your water heater is leaking, and you know it has served you wholeheartedly for the past decade or so, replace it as soon as possible. Old and leaking water heaters can ultimately explode if not replaced soon enough and will cause loads of water damage to your floor and house, costing a lot more than it would’ve if they had just replaced the water heater on time.
The above are just some of the reasons you may be experiencing leaks in your house, but the bottom line is calling a plumber whatever you think the cause may be. It might not feel important in the beginning. Still, too many people have ended up spending much more money on repairs due to leaving the problem for too long than just calling the plumber, in the beginning, to fix what was actually a small issue.