What Causes Water Leaks?

You’ve sprung a leak. That can be one of the scariest phrases for homeowners. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons for water leaks in your plumbing. We’ll also look at prevention and solutions.


When builders are in a hurry, the integrity of a home can suffer. Building on soil before it’s settled can cause pipes to crack or break, leading to water leaks. Loose or leaky faucets can also be the result of shoddy installation of faucets, fixtures, or even a hot water heater. To avoid this, make sure certified plumbers handle all the piping and plumbing in your home, even from the very beginning.


If the temperature dips below 32 degrees, that’s enough to freeze your pipes, which could cause them to burst. And yes, this can and does happen even in West Texas. Insulating your pipes can help prevent freezing. If they do freeze, thaw them out as soon as possible using a blow-dryer or other heating device.


Pipes leading to your home (or even under your home) can be infiltrated by roots which can cause them to crack and eventually leak. This can lead to other problems, such as sewage contamination in your yard. Avoid planting trees near your pipes. The Bosworth Company can inspect your pipes to see if they have been compromised by roots.


Water behind your toilet or under your sink is a sure sign of a leak. If you notice water accumulating in those areas, get it looked at right away to avoid further damage. You can check your toilet to see if it wobbles on its base. Also check water lines leading to and from your sink, dishwasher, and washing machine. Steel hoses (instead of rubber) can be a good solution.


Some pipes leak simply due to age. Rust is a common culprit for copper and steel pipes, so make sure to have them checked every few years.


If you have a water leak or think one could spring in your home, give us a call at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts are trained to keep your home safe, comfortable, and dry. The Bosworth Company is Worth the Call. Always.