Understanding the Causes of Water Leaks & Drips in Residential Homes

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If you’re a homeowner, few things are more headache-inducing than dealing with a mysterious water leak or a persistent drip that won’t stop. Not only is this annoying, but it can also cause structural damage to your property and the cost of the wasted water eventually adds up. 

In this blog, our plumbing experts at Dean’s Home Services dive into the common culprits behind leaks and drips, covering everything from worn-out seals to hidden pipe damage and improper installation. By understanding these potential causes of leaks and water drips in residential homes, you can be better equipped to identify leaks early on and make informed decisions about your home repairs.

Signs of a Water Leak in Your Home

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Not sure if you’re seeing signs of a water leak in your home? Sometimes, they can be easy to detect, while other times, they can be hidden within the walls or under the floors, causing gradual water damage without obvious indicators.

Be on the lookout for the following signs that you have a water leak in your home:

  • Unexplained increases in water bills: If you notice a sudden spike in your water bill without a corresponding increase in usage, it could indicate a hidden leak. Keep track of your water consumption and bills to catch any abnormalities early on.
  • Damp or discolored patches on walls or ceilings: Stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings, especially if they’re damp to the touch, may signify water damage due to pipes leaking behind the surface.
  • Musty odors: A musty or moldy smell in certain areas of your home, particularly in spaces with poor ventilation or high humidity, could be a sign of water accumulation. This odor is often caused by mold or mildew growth resulting from prolonged exposure to moisture.
  • Sound of running water when no fixtures are in use: If you hear water running when no taps or appliances are turned on, it could indicate a leak in your plumbing system.
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Common Causes of Water Drips & Leaks 

Water leaks and drips can lead to significant damage and costly repairs if left unchecked. Here are five common causes to watch out for:

High Water Pressure

Is your morning shower a little too high-powered? Excessive water pressure can strain your plumbing system, leading to cracks and leaks in your pipes. If your water pressure exceeds 80 psi, it’s time to call in the experts to assess and repair any damage.

Deterioration & Shifting Pipes

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Over time, water pipes can deteriorate, rust, and develop cracks, especially in areas where the house’s foundation or frame has shifted. This can impact plumbing joints and other components of your plumbing system. These small leaks can worsen over time, causing significant damage if left unchecked.

Sediment & Rust Buildup

Water heaters are not immune to leaks. Sediment and rust can accumulate in the tank, leading to corrosion and eventual leakage. Regular maintenance and inspection of your water heater can help prevent this issue.

Toilets & Drain Clogs

Clogs in toilets, showers, and sink drains can lead to pressure buildup, causing leaks around pipe joints and seals. By being aware of what’s going down your drains and making changes to your daily habits, such as avoiding flushing items that could cause clogs or using drain screens to catch debris, you can help prevent clogs and the subsequent leaks they can cause.

Sudden Changes in Temperature

Rapid changes in temperature, especially during winter, can cause water pipes to contract or expand rapidly, leading to bursts or cracks. Monitoring the temperature and taking preventive measures can help avoid frozen pipes and potential leaks.

Schedule Leak Detection & Repair Services With Dean’s

At Dean’s Home Services, we equip homeowners with the knowledge and expertise needed to detect and address leaks promptly, preventing further damage and costly repairs to their homes and plumbing systems. If you do suspect a water leak or are dealing with water drips in a faucet, our skilled plumbers utilize advanced leak detection technology to pinpoint and repair issues with precision, ensuring your home remains safe and dry. Our team has over 100 combined years of experience so you can trust us for all of your leak repair needs. We also provide same-day services throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding areas, so that we can repair your leaks fast.

Schedule leak detection and leak repair services in the Twin Cities area by contacting Dean’s today.

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