If you are reading this article and have a leaking pipe in your home right now, we highly advise that you call your local plumber as soon as you can.
The Dangers of Leaking Pipes
You may wonder, “how harmful can a leaking pipe be?”
Not only will a cracked pipe be a major inconvenience for you to do anything that involves water, the buildup of dampness can lead to significant damages to your health and overall home. The presence of any moisture or standing water where it normally shouldn’t be is a mold or mildew disaster waiting to happen.
You may also wonder, “what if the leak in my pipe is small?”
Surprisingly, the smallest leak in your home can have large negative impacts. With most pipes running through floors, ceilings, and cabinets, the water that leaks out of broken pipes can cause structural and aesthetic damage. If the material begins to rot or warp, it may be irreparable—instead, the compromised parts of your home will need to be replaced entirely. In addition, cracked pipes can cause ceilings to collapse or for people or objects like furniture and appliances to fall below, leading to severe injuries and damages.
What Causes a Cracked Pipe?
The condition of the pipes in your home depend on several factors.
Temperature changes, especially in winter months, can lead to bursting pipes. When water freezes, it expands, increasing the pressure within the pipes, and when the ice thaws, the pipes contract. These expansions and contractions can eventually lead to the deterioration of the pipes in your home.
Leaks can also be due to corrosion, which is common for metal pipes. Oxygen in liquid or air interacting with iron or steel often leads to rust. Also, if you live in an older home, the pipes may have so much wear and tear that they are beyond repair and due for replacement.
If you live in a city with an acidic water supply, your pipes will be more susceptible to corrosion and contamination. Pipes can also corrode in the presence of acidic soil.
Repairing or Replacing a Cracked Pipe
A cracked pipe should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible in order to ensure the well-being of you and your family.
Hiring a professional plumber is highly advised if you are experiencing any leaks in your home. We do not advise that you attempt to fix leaks and cracks on your own, as this can be very unsafe as well as ineffective without professional expertise or equipment. While cracked pipes can be annoying and it may be tempting to apply a “quick fix”, such methods can often lead to further issues with your pipes down the road.
California Plumbing provides comprehensive plumbing services to homes in San Diego and Chula Vista and beyond. In addition to repairing or replacing cracked pipes, we offer professional water solutions to improve the quality of your water and life. You can call us if you have any questions about repairing or replacing your pipes or to schedule an appointment today.
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