Fixing Leaky Pipes
Leaving a leaky pipe untreated can lead to more unexpected bills as it can cause water damage to paint, walls and even flooring, so you definitely want to hire a plumber before things get worse!
Signs of a Leaky Pipe
A leaky pipe may not always be obvious to a homeowner, especially when there is just a pinhole leak, so it’s important to call a plumber when you see any of these warning signs of a hidden leak:
- Blistering paint or wallpaper.
- Mold or mildew where there should be no moisture.
- A wall that is warped or water-stained.
- Floor that is buckling or water-stained.
- Water stain on the ceiling.
- A ceiling that is starting to sag.
- Musty smell coming from a specific area (accumulated water).
- A puddle of water that appears suddenly.
At Leaside Plumbing, we will quickly locate the source of the leak and fix the problem – we repair pinhole leaks in copper water pipes and plastic pipes. We can also fix leaking drains and broken cast iron stacks.
What if my home has older pipes?
Older homes are more susceptible to leaks due to the use of galvanized steel water pipes, which were commonly used until copper became the new standard. These pipes, which last approximately forty years, can corrode at the joints which leads to unexpected leaks. Check your water pressure by turning on the hot water – if it’s low, then the galvanized steel may have become corroded, plugging up the pipe (the hot water pipe is usually the first to go). It’s also possible that copper pipes have been attached to galvanized pipes, and while that may appear to fix the problem, it is only a temporary solution.
Contact Leaside Plumbing for a free consultation – we will give you the best advice, and discuss the options that are available to you.
Replace Kitec plumbing
Kitec plumbing is another problem we can help with – as an alternative to copper pipes, they were marketed as corrosion-resistant pipes and widely used in houses and condominiums from 1995 to 2007. They were recalled in 2005 as it was found that corrosion was actually accelerated, and they are no longer manufactured.
Both excessive water pressure and hotter than average water temperature can cause Kitec pipes to leak or completely burst, which causes flooding, and we recommend a complete retrofit with copper pipes.
At Leaside Plumbing, we can identify any Kitec pipes in your home and provide you with cost-effective solutions.
Click here for more information on the potential hazards of Kitec plumbing in your home.
Contact us for a quote to replace your entire plumbing system.