We all know how frustrating persistent problems are. The ones where you keep thinking you’ve fixed them, only for them to rear their ugly heads once again. Some of these problems can be very…well…problematic when it comes to water.
Water is invasive and can do a lot of damage when not properly taken care of. Today, we’re going to take a look at a few reasons you might be having persistent water leaks. Let’s dive right in!
1 – Broken seals
Broken seals are some of the most common issues behind persistent water leaks. This is mainly because they can leak one day and not the next, and they can repeat this cycle endlessly. If your problem is a broken seal, the water will be coming from the area around the seal.
For instance, you may spot a leaking pipe, and make plans to take care of it. But soon after, it has stopped its dripping. And now you can’t even remember which pipe it was. We would suggest marking the leaking pipe with a permanent marker when you first notice the leak so you don’t forget which pipe it was. And then, even if it has stopped leaking, replace the seal right away. This way, you generally won’t notice on and off leaking.
2 – Clogged pipes
Clogged pipes are hard to see but easy to notice. What we mean is that even when you can’t see the clog, you should be able to see the effects of it. Oftentimes, clogged pipes are simply inconvenient and must be cleaned out. However, a clogged pipe can sometimes lead to leaking or bursting, because of pressure.
Be mindful of slow draining in sinks, tubs, and showers. And note toilets that don’t flush properly. These are all signs of clogged pipes. And if you can catch the clogging in the early stages, you’ll save yourself from leaks and bursts.
3 – Corrosion
The corrosion and rusting of copper pipes will often catch homeowners by surprise. Contrary to popular belief, copper pipes are not rustproof. Because of their constant exposure to water, they will rust/corrode over time. Hence, they will get tiny holes and start to leak.
Keep an eye out for rust and corrosion on copper pipes and catch it before it gets too bad. This will help you avoid leaks.
4 – Damaged pipe joints
The lovely little items that connect pipes together are called pipe joints. And these objects often wear down before the pipes do. This means that your pipe joints may start leaking. Often though, depending on how your pipes are situated, water will run from the pipe joint down the outside of the pipe, and drip off.
This will make it look like the leaking is not coming from the pipe joint. But with a little inspection, most times you’ll find the joint is the culprit. If you’ve been having persistent leaking from your pipes, check your pipe joints to make sure they’re still in tip-top condition.
5 – Excessive water pressure
A long, hot shower with good water pressure is a gift. But you know what’s not a gift? You guessed it: leaking showerheads. Showerheads and faucets will sometimes drip and leak for no apparent reason. However, the reason may be staring right at you.
Most faucets and showerheads can only stand up under a certain amount of water pressure. And when the water pressure is higher than normal, it has to find somewhere to go. Thus it leaks out the seals. If you’re having an issue with leaking faucets, be sure to make sure your faucet is designed to be exposed to high water pressure.
6 – Loose connectors
The last reason you might be having persistent water leaks is because of loose connectors. Things like your washing machine hookup can often become loosened during a spin cycle and leak. Yet like some other leaks, they may leak once in a while, but not all the time. The best thing that you can do is keep a close eye on anything that you have seen leak, even one time.
Write in a notebook, or on your phone where the leak was and when it happened. Having these details for future reference will help you keep track of any leaks in your home. And if leaks remain very persistent, and you can’t find a solution, call the professionals to help you before it causes a wet disaster.
Not all leaks are equal
Some leaks require faster action than others. If your ceiling is persistently wet, that needs to be addressed straight away – mostly because it could cause structural problems and be harmful to your and your family’s safety. Be sure to tackle all major water leaks quickly. And if you do suffer from extensive water damage and end up with damaged floors, educate yourself about repairing your hardwood floors after the damage has been done.