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Common Causes of Water Leaks and How to Prevent Them

Water leaks can cause significant damage to your property and result in costly repairs. As a homeowner, it is crucial to be aware of the common causes of water leaks and take preventive measures to avoid them.

In this blog post, we will discuss the top five common causes of water leaks and provide practical tips on how to prevent them. 

1. Faulty Pipe Joints:

One of the leading causes of water leaks is faulty pipe joints. Over time, the connections between pipes can deteriorate, leading to leaks. To prevent this, regularly inspect your plumbing system for any signs of leakage, such as dampness or water stains.

2. Corrosion:

Corrosion can weaken pipes, causing them to develop leaks. This is especially common in older homes with outdated plumbing systems. To prevent corrosion-related water leaks, consider replacing old pipes with more durable materials like copper or PEX. Additionally, installing a water softener can help reduce the corrosive effects of hard water on your pipes.

3. High Water Pressure:

Excessive water pressure can put a strain on your plumbing system, leading to leaks. Invest in a pressure regulator to maintain a safe water pressure level within your home. Regularly check the pressure gauge and adjust it if necessary. By keeping the water pressure in check, you can prevent leaks and extend the lifespan of your pipes.

4. Clogged Drains & Toilets:

Clogged drains and toilets can cause water to overflow, leading to leaks and water damage. Avoid flushing foreign objects or pouring grease down the drains. Use drain covers to catch hair, food particles, and other debris. Regularly clean your drains or call Kerrygold Plumbing, Inc. for professional drain cleaning services.

5. Damaged Seals & Gaskets:

Seals and gaskets are crucial components of your plumbing fixtures, ensuring a watertight connection. Over time, these seals can deteriorate, resulting in leaks. Check the seals and gaskets of your faucets, showerheads, and toilet tanks regularly. If you notice any signs of wear or leakage, replace them immediately to prevent water leaks.

Water leaks can be a homeowner's nightmare, but with proper knowledge and preventive measures, you can avoid them. By addressing faulty pipe joints, preventing corrosion, managing water pressure, maintaining clean drains, and checking seals and gaskets, you can significantly reduce the risk of water leaks in your home.

At Kerrygold Plumbing, Inc., we understand the importance of a leak-free home. Our team of experienced plumbers is ready to assist you with any plumbing issues or preventive maintenance.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and ensure the integrity of your plumbing system.

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