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Risks of Leaking and Burst Pipes

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Risks of Leaking Pipes in Your Water in Vancouver WA - RJ Plumbing ServicesEven a small leak in your pipes can lead to substantial consequences. A faucet that drips just once a minute will equate to 34 gallons a year of wasted water. Imagine the damage from 34 gallons of water! Early and swift detection of leaking or burst pipes has dozens of ramifications that require immediate attention from a licensed professional.

Causes of Leaking or Burst Pipes

A leaky pipe is a small crack, rupture, or hole where some water escapes, but most of the water continues through the pipe. A burst pipe includes a wide opening where the water flows freely outside the piping system. Common causes for leaking or burst pipes include:

  • Corrosion 
  • Freezing 
  • High Water Pressure
  • Aging
  • Clogs
  • Shifting soil/tree roots
  • Damaged Pipe Joints/bad installation
  • Drilling holes in walls and accidentally hitting a pipe

Immediate Consequences

Should a pipe burst, inches of water in flooding could rapidly occur in the home. All items are susceptible to absorbing water, cracking, rotting and eventually smelling like mildew. If a pipe or the flooding water is in proximity of any electrical features, this could create fire hazards, cause outlets to short, and damage appliances. Studies show contaminants can enter drinking water through a small leaking pipe. The groundwater around a pipe is full of contaminants, including viruses and bacteria from feces. Any sewer or drain pipe break should be considered an emergency and addressed immediately by a professional. Shut your main water valve off until a professional arrives.

Long Term Consequence

  • Water from the broken pipe can deteriorate the soil used as the foundation of your home. This can damage the structure and possibly make a home lean in one direction. 
  • Water around your house can cause the soil to expand, heaving your home upward and causing cracks in the walls. 
  • If wood features are exposed to water for long periods, this can rot the home’s structure. 
  • Insulation also absorbs water; its quality would be greatly diminished. 
  • Pests like rodents and termites are attracted to moist conditions, making a leaky home desirable for destructive pests. 
  • Leaks or burst pipes will damage appliances, drywall, carpet, and flooring. Over time, the constant water becomes an environment for mold, rust, and deterioration of nearly everything the water touches. 
  • The price to repair is astronomical. Mold remediation alone for a 1,000-square-foot home costs around $2,500.

Identifying a Leak and How to Respond

Some of the indicators of a leak or burst pipe include:

  • Continuously damp areas on the floor, walls, or ceiling 
  • The water bill has gone up, but water habits are the same
  • Sudden drop of pressure in water features
  • Loud rattles when using water appliances such as sink and shower. 
  • Mold problems/unpleasant odors

One way to help prevent pipe problems is to have drains inspected regularly and cleaned by a professional. When corrosion, aging, or the environment has left pipes with little integrity, it may be time to have your home repiped. Hiring professionals like the team at RJ Plumbing Services can assess the extent of your pipe damage and assist in repairs. With leaks, the longer you wait, the more damage to your home and health. Leaking or burst pipes are worth the repair sooner rather than later.

Risks of Leaking and Burst Pipes in Clark County and Surrounding Areas

Battle Ground | Vancouver | Salmon Creek | Ridgefield | Mill Plain Walnut Grove | Fishers Landing | Camas | Yacolt | Amboy | La Center | Hockinson | Hazel Dell | Brush Prairie