Leaking Pipes: Why They Happen and How to Identify Them

Water and heating systems are a must for any property. Maybe you never thought about it, but the only way to access them is through an intricate distribution system of pipes. However, pipes are not fail-proof and when they fail, the consequences can be devastating for both your property and your finances. In this blog, we’ll explain why pipes leak, what kind of problems you can avoid, and how Advanced Underground Imaging Services can help you.

Why Pipes Leak?

Pipes may leak for many reasons. A common cause is too much water pressure, which can be more dangerous when coupled with poor piping design. It may look harmless, but imagine that you’re driving at high speed on a highway and you need to take a sharp turn to the right. You have to slow down to avoid an accident, but water doesn’t have the same brake system to do that. It relies on effective piping to ensure adequate distribution without overloading the joints.

Another problem that might contribute to leaks is normally seen in old houses. More often than not, their pipes are made of materials susceptible to rust, like copper and galvanized steel. With time, corrosion and, consequently, weaker pipes are inevitable.

Trees and plants also pose a risk to your property if they’re too close to your sewer lines or if they have invasive roots. It’s definitely something to consider when planning your landscape design.

Finally, there’s the weather factor. Sudden weather changes are dangerous to your pipes, but winter is particularly concerning because frozen pipes prevent water flow and can burst. That’s why many plumbing companies offer winterization services to minimize the risks.

How Can You Identify A Leak?

We’re sure you don’t want to see your money going down the drain, but that’s exactly what happens when you have leaking water pipes. Identifying a leak is sometimes as easy as finding a puddle of water, hearing the drip, or even hearing a faint trickling sound. However, not all leaks are always so easy to find. A toilet leak, for example, requires a bit of extra investigating to avoid wasting water. It’s important to note that if your home uses a well system, check the pump to see if it’s kicking on and off frequently. If your access to running water is shut off, this could indicate a leak. The last, and most obvious, way you can determine whether or not you have a leak is to examine your water bills. If your usage has risen dramatically recently, you can safely assume something isn’t quite right.

Who can help?

Now that you understand why pipes leak and how to identify them, let us help you! Our team is specialized in leak detection and we have more than 20 years of experience doing just that. We have premier technology to pinpoint the leaks and locate underground pipelines. It can be used to examine water lines, swimming pools, spas, radiant heat systems, boiler systems, and fire mains. We also offer an in-line video camera that shows what’s going on inside your pipes. It’s not as entertaining as cable TV, but it’s still pretty useful—and sometimes full of surprises!

At Advanced Underground Imaging Services, we make the invisible, visible. Give us a call today and we won’t rest until we find out what’s happening with your pipes: (208) 490-8100.