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Plumbing Leaks Can Cause Tap Water Contamination

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In the past, it was believed that plumbing leaks could not cause tap water contamination. The prevailing thought was that only clean water would leak out through holes or cracks in the pipes, and no bacteria would enter.

Research now shows that plumbing leaks can be a source of water contamination, and they need to be addressed immediately. Plumbing leaks can cause water contamination by allowing harmful bacteria and mold buildup to flow into your drinking water, and these leaks can be caused by various factors.

Wear and Tear

Wear and tear results from pipes being used over time and is especially prevalent with older plumbing systems. When pipes wear out, cracks and holes form, and leaking starts. If a puddle of dirty and stagnant water is building up where the pipes are leaking, harmful bacteria can make their way in through the cracks and holes.

It does not matter that water is steadily dripping out through the cracks and holes because this will not stop bacteria from making their way into the pipes. If there are holes and cracks in your pipes, they need to be either replaced or repaired, and a licensed plumber must do the job to ensure everything is done correctly.

Pressure Changes

Like most homes in Bryan, TX, yours is likely connected to the municipal water system operated by the Bryan Water Services Department. Pressure changes can occur when work is being done on main water lines or pumping stations. While water running through the pipes at high pressure can prevent any debris or bacteria from entering the pipes, this is not the case when the pressure drops. If there are any cracks and holes occurring in your pipes that are near or beneath the ground, dirt and bacteria will infiltrate the plumbing system and eventually impact your water supply.

Tree Roots Making Their Way Into Your Pipelines

Finally, tree roots can make their way into your sewer line as well as other pipes outdoors. While tree roots are large, the edges of these roots are small enough that they will make their way into breaches in your pipes and sewer line. Once a tree root has infiltrated your pipes or sewer line, it will continue to grow and create a larger opening. Mold, mildew, and even sewage can make their way into your water supply.

If you discover that you have plumbing leaks inside or outside of your home, it is imperative you contact Curry Plumbing straight away. The longer you wait, the more you are in danger of consuming contaminated drinking water that could eventually lead to serious health complications. Our highly skilled plumbing technicians promise to address all plumbing leaks to ensure your tap water remains clean and safe. We serve clients in the greater Bryan, TX area, and we can be contacted by filling out our contact form or giving us a call.

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