Common Reasons for Leaky Pipes

Common Reasons for Leaky Pipes

Leaks are annoying — they’re difficult to fix, and they can cost a lot of money in both repairs and water bills. If you’re dealing with a leak, you might be wondering why this has happened and whether you could have foreseen it coming. Here are a few common reasons behind leaking water pipes.

Corrosion and Rust

Water pipes can corrode naturally over time. Such corrosion is not only going to cause a leak to form eventually. It can also be a health hazard, as rust can enter your water supply. If you notice that your water is discolored, that the pipe itself is discolored, or that the pipe is warped, it’s likely experiencing corrosion.

Seal Damage

Water seals connect water pipes to appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators. These seals are designed to regulate the flow of water, but unfortunately, the seals may eventually break and create a leak around the appliance in question. 


Clogged pipes don’t just back up our toilets and prevent us from getting water from the sink. Eventually, they can cause the pipe to burst, as the water pressure will still build up in the background. Some clogs are easy enough to clear out on your own with DIY drain cleaner or basic plumbing tools, but others need a plumber to fix them.

Water Pressure Problems

If your water pressure is too high, it can be too strong for your pipes and cause them to burst. You’re supposed to only have a maximum water pressure of 60 psi, with the recommended pressure being around 40-45 psi. 

Call a Plumber

Regardless of why your pipes are leaking, you need a professional to fix the problem before it worsens. Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can help. Contact us today for leak-free water pipes.