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Pipes Leaking
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  1. What Causes a Pipe To Leak?

  2. Broken Pipe Factors

  3. What to Do if You Have a Broken or Leaking Pipe

  4. Have a Broken or Leaking Pipe? Call Us!


Pipes leaking can be a headache if ignored because they can potentially damage your furnishings and the structure of your home. As all homes rely on water, it's essential to keep your pipes in check by catching a leak as early as possible and having a trusted plumber at 1-800-Plumber +Air of Woodbridge repair it. Nipping leaks in the bud starts with identifying the glaring signs of an impending leak.

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What Causes a Pipe To Leak?

A leaky pipe causes severe damage to your property by ruining your walls, ceilings, floors, and more. The moisture can also make your home a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Aside from expensive repair bills, you will also pay skyrocketing water bills. Once you understand the most common reasons for leaky pipes, contact 1-800-Plumber +Air of Woodbridge so you can prevent future plumbing issues.

Damaged Seals: Seals ensure that your pipes remain intact. Wherever your pipes are connected, the rubber seals should be placed around them to keep them secure and watertight. However, seals are not impervious to damage. They can break and affect the efficiency of your pipes. If you suspect your watertight seals are wearing out, contact us so we can identify the problem and get your leaks fixed.

Old Pipes: Like seals, pipes are not made to last forever. They will only remain functional over specific periods of time. If your pipes are made from metal or steel, they will become more vulnerable to corrosion. Once pipes are corroded, they will start to become weak and will break down. You will need to replace them with newer pipes because old pipes that have already broken down are prone to leaks.

Upgrading to newer pipes made from plastic or copper will prevent corrosion. While these materials don't guarantee to last forever, at least, you will no longer have to worry about corrosion damaging the pipes.

Clogs: In most cases, clogs are more of an annoyance than a plumbing issue, but when it goes untreated, pressure will start building up causing pipes to break or crack. Clogs may also contain corrosive substances like chemical-based cleaners that can eat through the metal pipes and cause further damage. Address clogs right away to prevent leaks.

Tree Roots: The roots of the tree in your backyard may not be alarming until it continues to grow. When roots start intruding on the pipes, it will be too much for the plumbing system to bear. If pipes break, they will leak water out into the dirt. If you see a wet patch around the pipes in your yard where a tree is planted, it could mean that the tree roots have damaged them.

Incorrect Pipe Installation: Pipes leaking can also be caused by improper installation. If pipes are not installed correctly, your plumbing will not work efficiently. Only a licensed professional can lay pipes and connectors correctly with the use of backflow devices. Call 1-800-Plumber +Air of Woodbridge to evaluate your plumbing if you're unsure of whether or not pipes were installed correctly.

Temperature Fluctuations: Changes in temperature have a serious impact on your pipes, causing them to contract or expand. Fluctuations often occur during the winter months. Keep an eye on crack formation because it's one of the primary reasons for leaks. This problem isn't unique to older pipes as newer ones are susceptible as well.

Too Much Water Pressure: While having strong water pressure is a good thing, too much pressure can harm your pipes. If pipes cannot handle water pressure, they can burst and cause leaks.

Broken Pipe Factors

There are environmental factors that can take a serious toll on your pipes. Before you decide to call 1-800-Plumber +Air of Woodbridge, you'll have to identify what these factors are. Tremors and earthquakes are considered major environmental factors that can cause severe damage to pipes. Critical pipe joints that have experienced environmental stress also need repairs to prevent leaks.

Winter can also be harsh to your pipe systems so you need to watch out for sudden drops in temperature. These changes can affect pipes of all materials and sizes.

  • Pipe joints and laterals

  • Cement pipes

  • Copper pipes

  • Orangeburg pipes

  • Clay pipes

  • PVC/plastic pipes

  • Cast iron pipes

Another factor that can jeopardize your pipes' integrity is the intrusion of animals, plants, and even digging. When dealing with leaks, make sure you're not only fixing the damage but you're delving into the problem as well. These pipe issues may happen again if you haven't properly identified what is causing the problem.

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What to Do if You Have a Broken or Leaking Pipe

Discovering pipes leaking can be stressful but there are solutions to prevent serious damage. Keep in mind that these are only temporary fixes and calling 1-800-Plumber +Air of Woodbridge is still your best bet because they can provide the right solution and finish the job successfully.

Locate the source of the leak

The pressure will lead you to the source of the leak. They can either be found above the ceiling or inside a wall. You'll know there's a leak if you hear water spraying inside your ceiling or wall. The drywall also becomes wet and they can often be found at the joints between your panels. If the water stains the ceiling, the source of the leaks may be above. If there are no obvious signs of leaks above, get a flashlight and check the pipes in your crawlspace or basement.

Shut off the water supply

Look for the valve that controls the water flow to your damaged pipe and shut it off.

Attach a pipe repair clamp

Sleeve clamps are designed to put a stop to leaks for weeks or even months, but you'll need 1-800-Plumber +Air of Woodbridge to provide a permanent fix to the leaky pipes.

Make your own sleeve clamp

If you don't have a pipe repair clamp handy, you can wrap the damaged pipe with a rubber strip and clamp the wrap with C-clamp, adjustable hose clamp, or a pipe-sleeve clamp.

Apply epoxy putty for leaks near a joint

A sleeve clamp might not stop leaks around the joint, so you have to apply epoxy putty to seal the leak. When applying putty, be sure to turn off the valve first.

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Joe and Kyle installed a new water heater. They were very professional and courteous. They explained my options and I was also offered a discount. I will definitely use this company again.

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First plumber we called wanted $3500.00 to replace everything. Emanuel came out and suggested we change one part and less than $300.00 later we was up and running again. From Mark, to Taylor, and then on to Emanuel the whole experience was professional and I will be a customer for life. Hopefully not often though. Great working with you guys!.

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This was THE most painless repair experience! We had a leak in a pipe behind our water heater, spewing water out into space, ugh. Joe and his apprentice, Dan, were here in about an hour or so. They were both so very friendly from the moment they showed up at the front door! After they determined the problem, we discussed the needed repair, and then they began to replace the pipe(s) behind the water heater. This was pretty much an all-day job and I can honestly say it was no problem having them in my home. They were not only professional and courteous employees; they were two very kind individuals, who were also comfortable and friendly around my crazy dogs! I have had nothing but the finest experiences with this company and cannot recommend them highly enough! They are the best!

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Have a Broken or Leaking Pipe? Call Us!

Choose 1-800-Plumber +Air of Woodbridge to prevent long delays for damaged pipe repairs. Regardless of the source of leaks, our licensed team of professionals will correct your issue and put your worries about leaks behind. Contact us so we can assess the plumbing situation and provide a suitable, tailor-made solution.