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Types of Piping Leaks and How To Fix Them

Plumbing leaks can cause a lot of damage to your home. Not only is the structure of your home at risk, your health is at risk as well. Plumbing leaks can cause mold to grow in your home. Once mold starts growing, it can be hard to get rid of. You may find that mold grows in other parts of your home away from the original leak. Mold can cause a wide variety of health problems. These include trouble breathing, increasing asthma symptoms, headaches, rashes, and more.

Mold mitigation is very expensive, and can end up with you having to leave your house for a long time. Knowing what to look for, and immediate treatment for leaks can help you to prevent this problem.

Type of Plumbing Leaks

To know what you need to fix, you will first need to know the different types of plumbing leaks.

  • Pinhole piping leaks. Pinhole leaks are a very common plumbing leak. They can happen due to several reasons including nail or screw damage and corrosion. The bad thing with pinhole leaks is that you can often miss them. This is especially true if they are under the sink, or they are under your house. To ensure that you do not have these leaks, you should have a plumber come out to check your pipes every so often. If they find a pinhole leak, they can fix it immediately. You will also want to consider getting a plumber to install a water filtration system. A water filtration system can remove sediment that may cause corrosion in your pipes.
  • Gusher piping leaks. Gusher leaks are a massive amount of water flooding from your water supply. These leaks are often caused by frozen pipes that bust. It can also happen due to severe corrosion or hitting while a home is being renovated. Generally, when a pipe bursts, you will hear a loud water sound. You may also notice that your water pressure is lower than what it usually is. If you have a gusher water supply leak, call the emergency number for your plumber to fix it immediately. To fix this type of leak, you will need to replace the pipe. To avoid this kind of leak, you will want to ensure that you insulate your plumbing pipes well.
  • Slab piping leak. A slab leak is a leak that occurs underneath the foundation of your home. Unfortunately, this is a leak that may go undetected. These types of leaks can be due to an earthquake or the ground settling. Too much water or chemical drain cleaner damage can also cause this to occur. This leak may present itself by increasing your water bill. You may also see puddles of water on your floor that you will not have any idea how it got there. To prevent this, make sure that your water pressure is where it should be, and never use a chemical drain cleaner. Call a plumber right away if you suspect a slab leak. Doing an immediate fix on your piping will help to ensure that there is no damage to your home.

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Harwich Port Heating and Cooling is here to help you with all your plumbing system needs. Our team of piping professionals will ensure that you do not have any leaks in your home. Immediate fixes will help to prevent damage to your home. Please call us if you want to ensure that your pipes are in working order.