Plumbing - the home maintenance that nobody wants to do or ever think about until there is a real problem. It’s not your fault; we’re all guilty. The only way to really understand why you should keep up on it is to educate yourself on all of the worst case scenarios and what causes them. We’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest plumbing issues and we hope it will make you see exactly why you need to stay vigilant.
- Corroded Pipes
- As materials like iron and galvanized steel age, they begin to fall apart. Pipes that are out of sight and out of mind are usually the ones that are affected by these issues. The older the pipes, the closer you are to dealing with corrosion issues.
- Tree Roots
- Nature is an unpredictable source of plumbing issues. Trees fall into this category, especially when it comes to plumbing. They are unpredictable due to the fact that they are underground. Tree roots can warp and break pipes causing leaks and/or sewage backups. There are ways to fix this (remove the tree or use a chemical root killer).
- City Sewer Collapse
- Old sewer pipes made of materials such as asbestos and concrete can collapse over time. When this happens, sewage will flow along the path of least resistance, including up through a home/business’s drain(s); such as sanitary sewer line. Damage like this is the responsibility of the city/other jurisdiction.
- Pipe Burst
- Pipes burst or leak for any number of reasons. Most pipes are hidden within walls or between floors. Because of this, when a leak occurs, water may come down from a first-floor ceiling beneath a bathroom or down the top of a wall beneath the leak.
- Major pipe leaks
- These are fairly common. Watch for these warning signs
- discolored stains on the walls or ceiling
- higher water bills
- lower water pressure
- odd behavior from the water heater
- If leaks escape your attention, the danger of flooding is likely. Know where the water main shut-off valve is located.
- Slab Leaks
- These are insidious leaks that are hard to spot because they occur down in the stone foundation of a home. These leaks are a waste of water and can cause serious damage to a building’s foundation if not fixed.
- Loss of Freshwater - Broken Water Main
- Never ignore signs of a broken water main. This includes unexplained dampness on the lawn or drop in water pressure.
- Blocked/Damaged Sewer Line
- This type of damage can be caused by materials coming from the building blocking the pipes or from the aforementioned tree roots. Sewage backups can cause a serious health risk for anyone in the building.
These eight types of damage can cause moderate to severe damage to homes and businesses. Depending on the type of water that comes into the house or the type of pipes that you’re dealing with, it could be damaging to the health of the people in the building. The best way to avoid plumbing issues and the damage that comes with it is to keep an eye on it and make sure to keep up on maintenance. So stay alert and keep the plumbing damage to a minimum!
If you do experience damage from plumbing issues, you can always contact us for your cleaning and restoration needs at:
SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County: 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073