Leaks are some of the most common plumbing problems. Fortunately, you can minimize the damage if you take action quickly and have repipe repair performed. Unfortunately, not all leaks are identified quickly, and they cause serious damage to your house.
It’s important that you work with a Mission Viejo plumber for routine inspections and maintenance to identify the need for repairs or repiping before leaks happen. Educating yourself can also help you know what to look for so that you can take action quickly. Here are three of the most common plumbing leaks that can cause serious damage to your home:
Often, leaks start out as nothing more than an occasional drip. You don’t even notice that the leak is there because it is letting out water so slowly that you don’t notice the water, you don’t hear anything strange, and you don’t notice a change in your water bill.
But given enough time, even a small amount of water can cause extensive damage. The constant flow of water, even if it is small, can create a wet environment that will rot the wood and other materials, attract pests, and allow mold to spread. Given enough time, the leak can even cause structural weakness, which can undermine your whole home.
Your plumbing will wear down over time, and if you don’t stay ahead of it by investing in repiping when you should, you’ll start to experience problems. Pipes can wear down, as can the connections, valves, and other parts. That gradual degradation can make the pipes detach from their connections.
If you’re home when a pipe detaches, you’re going to notice it. Water will start dumping onto the floor (or through the wall or flooring) by the gallon. You can turn off your water supply and stop the damage. However, if this happens when you’re not home, you can come home to a flooded house. The damage can be catastrophic, and your insurance may not cover it all.
If you live in a place where it gets very cold in the winter, the water in your pipes can freeze. Water expands when it freezes, so the ice can actually cause your pipes to pop out of their connections or to burst open. Just as with a detached pipe, that can result in a flood of water spilling into your home.
You can take steps to keep your pipes from bursting, such as insulating them or allowing the water to trickle through the tap. Or you can invest in repiping with a material that is resistant to such damage, such as PEX piping. Talk with a plumber serving Oceanside about your options. Older pipes are especially resistant to bursting since they are weaker. Turning on a tap or insulating your pipes may not be enough to protect them from freezing or from damage.
Any kind of plumbing leak can cause a lot of damage if given enough time and if it happens in the right location. You can take precautions to keep this from happening, such as keeping your plumbing well-maintained and performing repairs as soon as they are needed. If your plumbing is getting older, there’s really not enough maintenance you can do or repairs you can make that will help you avoid these and other problems. You’ll need to talk to a San Diego repiping plumber about replacing your system before you start experiencing problems. By repiping at the right time, you can save yourself a lot in plumbing repairs and damage to your home. Just one serious leak can cause you tens of thousands of dollars in damages to your home.
If your plumbing is starting to get up in years, it’s time to call Integrity Repipe and have a repiping plumber inspect your system. Our experienced Burbank plumbers can help you understand what to expect out of your system and what upgrades you may need to make, whether it is targeted repipe repair or whole-house repiping. The goal is to ensure you have a healthy plumbing system that will perform reliably so that your home is protected. Call us in California today to schedule a consultation with a repiping plumber and to get a free estimate.
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