One of the most common plumbing problems is leaking pipes. Leaks are irritating and can significantly increase your water bills. Other effects of leaks include structural damage and mold growth. It is important to call a plumbing contractor the moment you experience leakage issues. Here are some common causes of leakages.

Wear and Tear

One of the common causes of leakages is the wear and tear of the drainage pipes. It is essential to have your pipes and the entire drainage system inspected every few years. According to a recent study, galvanized pipes can last for up to 15 years, whereas polyethylene pipes can last around 16 years.

With time, the connections between pipes become loose. Traditional piping materials are also vulnerable to corrosion. Over time, high water pressure can also damage your pipes.

Normal residential water pressure shouldn't exceed 80 PSI (per square inch) of water pressure. Anything above that can damage your pipes. If it has been a while since you replaced your drainage pipes, installing new pipes can fix your leakage problems. 

Rapid Temperature Changes

Another common cause of leakages is rapid temperature change. During extreme weather conditions, metal pipes expand or contract. In extremely hot weather, the pipes start to contract and form cracks. These cracks lead to leaks, and eventually, the pipes will burst.

In winter conditions, the pipes can burst when the water inside them starts to freeze. One of the best ways to prevent pipe damage during winter is to insulate the pipes. You should also seal gaps around your home where cold air can penetrate and affect your piping. A plumber will advise you on the best ways to protect your pipes during extreme weather conditions.

Incorrect Pipe Laying

Many DIY home drainage projects lead to problems in the future. This is why it is advisable to hire a professional to do all the piping installations in your home. Incorrect pipe laying is a common cause of serious leaks.

You need to make sure pipes and their connectors are properly laid. Professionals also use backflow devices, which are very important. These devices prevent contaminated water from mixing with potable water.

Some backflow prevention devices that plumbers use include a barometric loop, an air gap, and an atmospheric vacuum breaker. If you are not sure about your pipes or the condition of your drainage system, call a licensed plumbing contractor to assess your system.