Top 5 most common causes of pipe deterioration

Published on: August 31, 2022

1. Corrosion

When specific metals come into touch with water and air, corrosion in metal pipes can occur. Corrosion is one of the most common causes of pipe deterioration, rust, and impairment. If you reside in an older home with original plumbing, your plumbing is at a very high risk of corrosion.

2. Tree Roots

You could be at risk for pipe leaks if you have big trees or bushes growing on or close to your home. Over time, large roots may cause the dirt surrounding your pipes to move. Tree roots may seek out the water leaking from your pipes if you have any existing holes, and ultimately find their way inside your plumbing.

3. Freezing

Your plumbing is in danger when winter arrives and the temperatures drop. The water within your pipes may freeze if they are not insulated and are exposed to freezing temperatures. Pipes then become prone to rupturing as water expands and bursts pipes at the seams.

4. High Water Pressure

High water pressure is not necessarily a good thing. High water pressure might result in a pleasant shower, but it can also cause your pipes to wear out more quickly.

5. Shifting or Settling Foundation

Numerous factors, including inadequate compaction, seismic activity, human disturbance, or the passage of time, can cause foundations to settle and shift. Your pipes may be pushed or moved if the foundation of your home becomes unstable. Your pipes may get disconnected or break as a result, resulting in leaks and water damage.

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