Water leaks can occur because of water hammers (when a high water pressure is forced to change direction or stop inside of a water pipe), extreme high pressure or old pipes. When you open a tap, water runs through your water pipes at a high pressure and out by the tap to supply you with water. As soon as you close the tap, the water is stopped immediately with a harsh stop, this is known as a water hammer.

Have you ever noticed when you close the tap you’ll hear a clanking or rattling of copper pipes, that’s an example of water hammer. Harsh water hammers can damage valves and fittings after awhile causing them to fail. Over time it can also weaken your pipes, causing pinhole leaks in your copper pipes.

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Extremely high pressure of water flow can cause damage to your plumbing. Cold enough temperatures allowing your pipes to freeze can also cause damage, but how? If water freezes within a pipe, it will expand and cause cracks which can lead to your pipes bursting.

This is common among houses that has metal or copper pipes, however it is less likely to burst than rubber pipes.

Wear-down or old plumbing is at high risk of getting pinhole leaks (pipe corrodes from the outside in). Pinhole leaks are normally small, only large enough to allow the occasional drip of water.

Water conditions like acid-water can also damage metal pipes over time. Galvanized steel plumbing are also likely to rust, and rust weakens pipes which will lead to pinholes.

Pinholes behind a wall or in the ceiling can cause a lot of damage, and I mean costly damage.

Don’t stress, there are ways to handle this before it even emerges. The most cost effective way is to contact a trusted plumbing company to check these out for you. A really good way to go (most believe it’s the best) is to get a leak detection system in your home. While the upfront costs might be a bit high, depending on the system and brand you’re going with, it will save you thousands (if not your whole property) from jaw-dropping costs in the future.

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