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Common Reasons for a Pipe Leak: Part One

Common Reasons for a Pipe Leak: Part One

Pipe leaks can indicate larger plumbing issues that can be costly and cause significant water damage if left untreated.

Plumbing leaks can be frustrating, inconveniencing, concerning, and very serious. When your pipes start leaking, there can be a number of reasons why. Pipe leaks can indicate larger plumbing issues that can be costly and cause significant water damage if left untreated. Listed below are four common reasons for pipe leaks.

Broken/Damaged Seals

Over time the seals placed on your pipes during a plumbing installation can deteriorate or break, causing leaks at their source. Seals are commonly placed in areas where pipes are connected to a fixture or appliance to keep everything watertight. If you’re experiencing excessive moisture, puddles, or leaking from or around a kitchen appliance or bathroom fixture, a loose, broken, or damaged seal could be the cause.

Pipe Corrosion

As your pipes begin to age, rust and corrosive substances will start to accumulate throughout your plumbing system. Rust and other forms of corrosion can gradually eat away at your pipes, reducing their strength creating openings that cause water leaks. If your pipes are old experiencing warping or discoloration, this is a sign of corrosion and the possibility of pipe replacements.

High Water Pressure

High water pressure can strain your pipes, causing damage to them, resulting in pipe leaks or, in some cases, bursting pipes. Your pipes can only withstand a certain level of water pressure. If you’re experiencing leaking or are concerned about your water pressure levels, reach out to a licensed plumber and have them test your water pressure and make any adjustments if necessary. 

Clogged Pipes

Clogged pipes can be an inconvenience around your home. However, they also could be a sign indicating a larger underlying issue. Clogged pipes can cause pressure to build up behind a blockage leading to structural damage within your pipes, leaks, and overflowing or bursting pipes. Corrosive and toxic substances can also be in clogged pipes, expediting the damage to your pipes weakening the metal.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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