Leaking pipes can happen for many reasons, but the bottom line is that if left alone, those leaks can cause many times more in damage to nearby building structure, than just water cost.
Pipes can leak due to:
- Aging – old buildings or houses may have the original plumbing, and eventually will need to be inspected or replaced. With older pipes, it may be the use of a chemical drain cleaner that has damaged the pipe or joint.
- Corrosion – This wouldn’t be a problem for pvc type piping, but for anything metal that is exposed to moisture, eventually the rust build up and/or corrosion that happens over time will be bad for the water piping.
- Freeze Damage – Generally, any water piping that is exposed to the outside or under-insulated can become a problem when outside temperatures fall below freezing. No matter what kind of piping (copper, pvc, zinc, or steel), frozen water can be a force to be reckoned with and if cold enough will damage the toughest piping material.
- Not sealed properly – This generally happens during construction, but can be exposed later on after the building structure starts to settle or perhaps during an earthquake.
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