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The 5 Most Common Causes of Leaks

Whether it’s at your home or business premises, leaks are always bad news. Luckily, they can be quickly taken care of, as long as the possible cause is swiftly identified and a solution implemented.

Your best bet is to always get a professional to take a look and accurately diagnose the problem, though it’s still worth familiarising yourself with the most common causes of leaks to find out what your particular issue may be.

The 5 most common causes of leaks

1. Clogged drains

Our drainage systems put up with a lot, and over time, these systems can become clogged with hair, grease and soap scum, among other things. This can exacerbate over time and lead to blockages, overflow or even burst pipes.

To prevent or slow the rate at which your drains clog, be mindful of what you’re putting down your drains. For example, you could wipe excess oil from frying pans before washing up to limit the grease that enters your drains. You could also be sure to only flush suitable items down your toilet.

2. High water pressure

Pipes are designed to withstand specific water pressures. So, if the water pressure is a little too high, this can damage or rupture pipes. Water pressure can be somewhat out of your control, so it might be worth getting a drainage professional to measure the water pressure in your home or to suggest ways of regulating it.

3. Corroded pipes

Ageing pipes will undoubtedly experience rust and corrosion over time, weakening them and creating tiny holes. This will eventually make pipes susceptible to leaks. A drainage expert will be able to identify if pipes are discoloured or warped, as these can be signs of corrosion.

4. Root ingress

Believe it or not, your garden could take the blame for a leak. Roots from large trees can damage pipes. If you notice slightly sunken areas in your garden, or wet patches, then this could be a sign of root ingress.

5. Loose water connectors

Water connectors in appliances, such as washing machines, can occasionally come loose during movement; for example, during a spin cycle. These loose water connectors may cause an appliance to leak, so if you notice puddling around the equipment, then these connectors could be the culprit.

What to do in the event of a leak?

The first thing to do is, if you can, turn off the water supply to prevent further damage. You may also want to switch off any electrical appliances located nearby to the leaking water if you can do so safely.

After that, contact a responsive drainage specialist, such as MPH Drain Services, who will swiftly diagnose the problem and implement a solution.

Want to get the bottom of your leak? Here at MPH Drain Services, we offer free call outs and 24/7 drainage services across Yorkshire so that you can get a quick solution at a reasonable price. Get in touch with our friendly team today for more advice.

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Published: 18 May 2022 Category: Leaks

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