Common Plumbing Leaks: A Comprehensive Guide

Whether you’re dealing with a drip, drip, drip or a full-on surge of rushing water, plumbing leaks are never fun. Not only can they ruin small areas or even full rooms of your house, they can lead to a number of other inconveniences - like not being able to use a shower or toilet. Even though you may not be a plumbing expert, as a homeowner, you should be familiar with a few of the most common home plumbing leaks. After all, knowing where to check for leaks could save you some major headaches down the road.

Dripping Faucets

You may not consider a dripping faucet a severe plumbing emergency, and you’re not necessarily wrong if that’s the stance you take. Generally speaking, a leaky faucet causes water to drop into the sink and then drain down through the pipes. No big deal, right?

Wrong. Just because this type of leak isn’t affecting the walls, the ceiling or the floor, it should still be taken care of right away.

Why?

A faucet that drips just one or two times per second (a slow leak) can waste upwards of 27,000 gallons of water in a single year.

Sure, that’s a waste of water, but just think about how much extra cash you’re shelling out for your water bill each month.

Leaking Tub or Shower

A faulty or malfunctioning seal tends to be the most popular reason for tub or shower leaks. Usually, this comes as a result of age and brings along a few major consequences with it.

For starters, your bathroom floor will get wet. That probably comes as no surprise. But what you may not realize is that a consistently wet floor can cause water to trickle down into the subfloor and the studs or beams below it. This can cause structural damage and lead to other major issues.

But that’s not the only problem - leaky tubs or showers can cause mold growth on the surface of the floor or even in the subfloor. In some extreme cases, this can lead to the need for a complete bathroom overhaul.

Running Toilets

Is the sound of your toilet running keeping you up at night? We know the feeling. You’ve got enough things to worry about in your life so don’t let a runny toilet be the reason you feel tired and run down.

So, where do toilets typically leak? Either around the seal on the floor or via one of several internal components, all of which can be difficult for the average homeowner to find and fix.

A running toilet can waste upwards of 200 gallons of water per day, so it’s best to call in a professional right away!

Cracked or Burst Pipes

Leaky pipes tend to be a cause for emergency, and for good reason. Sure, a cracked or burst pipe will spew water all over the place and since water travels fast via pipes, wires and studs, it can be quite difficult to pinpoint the leak.

But don’t panic just yet! There are a number of things you can do to get the leak under control and keep the mess to a minimum before the plumber arrives.

Pipe clamps, epoxy compounds, rubber pipe connectors, wraps and repair sleeves can quickly become a homeowner’s best friend. Just remember, these are only temporary solutions and should not be used long-term or you could end up in a much worse scenario than when you first noticed the leak!

No matter which plumbing leak situation you find yourself in, the Aztec Plumbing & Drains team is known for providing prompt, polite, and professional service throughout Southwest Florida with locations in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Our plumbing experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so don’t hesitate to give us a call. (239) 232-2012.