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5 Common Causes of Pipe Leaks

5 Common Causes of Pipe Leaks

Before you encounter problems with pipe leaks, read up on these five common causes of leaky pipes.

If you have started experiencing low water pressure, poor water quality, or water damage in your home, you might have a leaking pipe. Leaking pipes have many potential causes, and any leaking pipe you have in your home should be addressed by a qualified plumbing professional. Before you encounter problems with pipe leaks, read up on these five common causes of leaky pipes.


Corrosion in metal pipes occurs when certain metals come into contact with water and air. Depending on the material that your plumbing is made out of, it may be susceptible to rust, formicary corrosion, or other conditions that compromise your plumbing’s function. Your plumbing’s risk of corrosion is exceptionally high if you live in an older home with original plumbing.

Tree Roots

If you have large trees or shrubs growing on or near your property, you may be at risk for pipe leaks. Large roots can shift the earth around your pipes over time. If you have any existing holes, tree roots may seek out the water seeping from your pipes and eventually make their way into your plumbing. Roots can easily make a small leak much worse, so it is vital to repair any leaks as soon as you become aware of them.


Homeowners in Catonsville and Ellicott City are no strangers to freezing weather. When winter hits and the temperatures drop, your plumbing is at risk. If your pipes are exposed to cold temperatures and are not insulated, the water inside can freeze. Because water expands as it freezes, this can cause your pipes to burst and leak.

Shifting Foundation

Foundations can shift for many reasons: improper compaction, seismic activity, human disturbance, or simply the passage of time. If your home’s foundation becomes unstable, your pipes can be nudged or shifted along with it. This can cause your pipes to disconnect or break, leading to leaks and water damage. If you notice crooked fences, disturbed brickwork, or any other signs of a shifting foundation, be sure to keep an eye on your plumbing.

High Water Pressure

Believe it or not, high water pressure is not always a good thing. While it may make for an incredibly satisfying shower, high water pressure can create intensified wear and tear on your pipes. If you have noticeably high water pressure, it may be a matter of time before your home’s plumbing experiences a pipe leak.

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