What Causes Pipe Leaks and Water Breaks

A pipe leak or pipe break can lead to flooding and water damage to your property. There are a number of reasons that your pipes may experience leaks or pipe breaks:


Although pipes are built to last a long time (and in most cases they do) corrosion can occur, which can lead to water leaks and pipe breaks. If your home was built before 1970 and your pipes have never been replaced, they are most likely made of steel, which has a tendency to become corroded much easier. Corrosion may also happen if your water’s pH or oxygen levels are off. If you have hard water, you may also experience issues with mineral buildup inside your pipes which can lead to rust and pipe breaks. It is beneficial to have a plumber inspect your home’s piping system once a year.

Water Pressure

Higher than average water pressure can cause stress on your home’s pipes. If your piping system is not equipped to handle the pressure coming from your water supply, it can cause a pipe break inside your home. Typically, water pressure in your home should not be higher than 60 psi. In the average home, water pressure is somewhere around 30-50 psi.

Tree Roots

Tree roots will grow in the direction of water and sometimes tree roots will grow towards your piping system, especially if your pipe has a leak. Once a small tree root enters a pipeline, it will grow and can create clogs and in more serious cases cause pipes to burst wide open.

The STOP Restoration in Albuquerque, NM knows that in the case of pipe break clean up, a fast response will reduce water damage and mitigate future costs. We use professional grade fans and dehumidifiers to quickly and thoroughly dry your home or business. In some cases, we will have to perform water damage restoration if water has been sitting in your property for an extended period of time. Our goal is to have your home back in its original condition in the quickest time possible… right down to placing your furniture back in the “right there” spot.

If you or someone you know in the Albuquerque, NM area experiences a pipe break in their home and is need of water damage clean up and restoration, call the experts at STOP Restoration at the first sign of a problem. We are available for emergency service and can be reached 24/7 at (505) 892-3112.