Plumbing is one of those things that you don’t really think about until there’s a problem. You just expect things to work properly. Then you’re surprised when you get a leak or your water starts tasting bad for no apparent reason.
A lot is happening in the bowels of your home that you don’t see or think about until there’s a problem. However, you should think about the potential problems with your plumbing before they occur so that you can be armed with knowledge when they do. Here are the top five causes of faulty home piping and some information about what you can do about them:
When your pipes attach to a fixture such as a sink faucet or a shower head, a seal is used to make the connection waterproof. The seals are typically made of industrial rubber, and they are designed to last a long time. However, with time or exposure to certain elements, the seals can start to break down, and water can start to leak through the connections. If you have slow leaks around your fixtures, chances are good that a damaged seal is to blame.
Pipes are straight. So when the plumbing has to go around a corner, a connector is used. These joints are designed to be durable and waterproof, but they are also vulnerable to time and corrosive elements. Excess water pressure and high temperatures can also take a toll on joints, causing them to fail.
You may notice abnormal noises if your joints start to break down, particularly banging or clanking. You may also have leaks, but you may not notice them since they are deep in the walls or floors of your home.
Cracks in the Fixtures
Most fixtures are made of stainless steel or another durable metal, which means that they aren’t prone to damage. However, accidents can happen that can cause the fixtures to crack. For example, some pots hanging over your sink may fall because they aren’t mounted properly, and if they hit the faucet, they may crack it. A child could also cause that kind of damage by throwing a hard or heavy toy and hitting the fixture. Another possible is someone tripping and grabbing onto a fixture to try to steady themselves, thereby putting a lot of pressure on the fixture and cracking it.
You should consult with a plumber near San Diego immediately if you notice a leak or if you know that there has been an accident with your fixtures. Sometimes, the leak may be noticeable, but sometimes, it may not be.
Typically, people will treat a clog as soon as they notice it. Most people don’t want to deal with a sink that won’t drain. But some people let the issue go because they don’t know what to do about it or they just don’t want to deal with it. Untreated clogs cause undue pressure in the pipes, which can cause them to leak or otherwise fail. Treating the clogs can also lead to problems if the homeowner uses a chemical drain clearer.
Metal pipes can rust and corrode thanks to exposure to water and minerals in the water. A little rust or corrosion may not cause many problems. Over time, as the corrosion gets worse, the pipes will start to break down, causing all kinds of problems. You may get leaks, poor water pressure, high water bills, and more.
It is important that you pay close attention to what’s happening with your water so that you can identify problems with your plumbing as early as possible. It’s also important that you work with a plumber to get regular inspections to find problems even when you don’t notice any signs.
It may be that you need to re-pipe parts of your home or your whole system. If that’s the case, Integrity Repipe can help. Our experienced, licensed, and insured plumbers can inspect your pipes and let you know if you need to make repairs or if you would be better off replacing your whole system. We specialize in PEX piping, which is a flexible type of piping that is easier to install, affordable, and long-lasting. PEX piping resists corrosion and is not as susceptible to damage around joints and connections. Call us today to learn more about PEX piping or to schedule an inspection.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656