How to Prevent Pipes from Leaking

When water flows to the wrong place at the wrong time – as it would from a cracked or leaking pipe – it can cause extensive damage to your home and personal belongings.  Even a slow drip behind a bathroom or kitchen cabinet can cause sheetrock and wood floors to rot, thus leading to large and pricey repairs.

And since damaged water pipes come in all shapes and sizes, it’s important to understand what can cause a pipe to crack or burst and what you can do to prevent that from happening.

  1. Frozen Pipes

An un-insulated pipe exposed to below freezing temperatures can freeze, burst, and instantly start gushing water.  That can happen in your garage, a crawl space, or in any other unheated space. To prevent pipes from freezing, disconnect outdoor hoses and drain the faucets. Shut off and drain your irrigation system for the winter. And make sure all pipes located in unheated spaces are insulated.

  1. Leaky Pipes

Minor pinholes in your water pipes can’t fix themselves, but they can grow and become even more problematic.  It’s okay to tape over a leak in the short term, but don’t wait too long before implementing a more permanent solution.

  1. Unattended Drain Clogs

If a clogged drain is left to sit, it can cause water pressure to increase in that pipe.  Over time, the added pressure can cause the pipe to crack and spill its contents.

  1. Corroded Pipes

The older a home and its plumbing, the more prone metal pipes become to internal corrosion.  Constant exposure to soil, water, and temperature fluctuations can do a number on them, so you’ll want to baby them as much as possible for added years of service.  Start by switching from chemical to green drain cleaning liquids.

At Eagle Service Company we offer high-quality pipe repair and replacement services.  Same goes for water pipe insulation, sewer and drain cleaning, and any other home plumbing needs you might have. Contact us today for more information or a free quote on the home plumbing solution of your choice.