Common Causes of Pipe Damage

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A number of different things can damage your pipes, including corrosion, freezing temperatures, stubborn clogs, intruding tree roots and high water pressure. Keep an eye out for these to prevent pipe damage or to identify the cause of already damaged pipes.

 

Corrosion

Corrosion is a part of the typical wear and tear for pipes as they age. However, pipes can corrode before their time if you regularly use liquid drain cleaners to get rid of clogs. These products contain harsh chemicals that remove clogs by eating away at them, but they also eat away at your pipes and corrode them from the inside out, which can result in leaky or burst pipes. Instead of using liquid drain cleaners, use a plunger to remove clogs in sinks, toilets, and tubs.

 

Tree Roots

Tree roots naturally grow toward water, even water that is inside a pipe. That means that tree roots will do everything they can to sneak their way into pipes, growing in through the tiniest cracks or openings. As the roots continue to grow, they will create large breaks and clogs in your pipes. When this happens, you will need to hire a professional to remove the roots. If the roots have already done a lot of damage, you may need to replace the pipes.

 

Freezing

When a pipe freezes and thaws, the resulting expansion and contraction can cause a leak or even a more dramatic burst. The best way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to insulate them before temperatures drop too much and follow these tips

 

Clogs

A clogged pipe can cause more than just a slow drain. Stubborn clogs restrict water flow and put more strain on the pipes, which can result in damage and leaks. To prevent this, deal with clogs as soon as you notice them and have your drains professionally cleaned once a year or so.

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