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What Are the Most Common Causes of Leaky Plumbing?


Leaky plumbing is the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with. Be aware of these common causes and know what to do when trouble strikes.

If you’ve ever heard a dripping sound while walking around your basement or your water pressure isn’t what it used to be, you may be dealing with some leaky plumbing somewhere in your home. Leaks can incubate a whole host of issues including leading to the development of mold or driving up your monthly water bills. While a small puddle created as a result of leaks may not seem like a big deal, it’s best to figure out the source of the problem quickly so it can be fixed. Here are just a few of the most common causes of leaky plumbing.

Broken Seals

If you feel like your appliances are using more water than usual, you may want to take a good look at them. This can sometimes happen because seals break which results in an annoying leak. If you’ve noticed a spike in your water bills or you just aren’t getting the same performance out of your appliances, you may want to check the seals and see if they’re still working for you.

Blocked Drains

Taking good care of your drains is an important part of maintaining your plumbing. If you’re dealing with any slow-running drains, from the kitchen sink to your shower drain, this may be a good indicator that your drains are blocked—which can even cause leaks! Over time, pressure in your pipes can cause leaks or even make the pipes burst. There are plenty of home remedies for blocked drains, but failing the effectiveness of those, make sure you call a local plumber.

Worn Pipes

Over time, especially in older homes, pipes just start to wear out. This is one of the most common issues homeowners face. Tiny cracks can grow into big problems and, eventually, this can cause the need for serious repairs that are much more costly and time-consuming than if you had fixed the problem initially. No one wants to deal with extensive plumbing work so be sure to fix the problem early on.

Soil Problems

Soil can end up moving around due to a number of reasons, like soil erosion or mudslides from rain. Impacted soil can get into your plumbing and cause some real issues for you. If you’ve exhausted all the other possibilities, soil may be the culprit at hand.

Get in Touch With B&D Today!

Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!

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