Plumbing failures often result in leaks that damage properties. However, did you know that it is possible to prevent many of them and avoid the trouble and costs that result from them?
According to the specialists, the number one cause of water damage is negligence! This takes different forms inside, but also outside houses. That’s why Bill’s Plumbing & Sewer Inc. is offering expert residential and commercial plumbing services at budget-friendly rates for all in Morton Grove, IL. Click here to book your slot today!
In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the top six sources of potential plumbing problems that deserve attention to avoid property damage.
1. A Known Leak, Not Repaired
The problem begins with weeping or drip. The origin? An old iron pipe, a kitchen or bathtub faucet, the toilet tank, the connecting pipeline of a sanitary or an accessory (such as a sink), etc.
At times, we postpone the repair to the point of forgetting it, which allows water to infiltrate under the kitchen counter, in the low cabinets, in the floor, or inside a wall.
Remember, rot and mold will set in if the situation is not corrected on time. In the worst case, it’s a disaster: a ceiling sags, a section of floor collapses. While plumbing can be expensive sometimes, there’s really nothing to be gained by putting it off!
2. Pipe Bursting Caused By Freezing
This situation occurs in unoccupied properties left without heating or in poorly insulated areas. During the cold weather, the pipes can freeze and later burst, causing extensive property damage.
So, if you want to deal with this specific type of problem, don’t forget to consult our talented plumbing masters on the subject.
3. An Obsolete Water Heater
Why wait to see it sink to replace it? Experts remind that the date of manufacture of the water heater is written on the device. So, after a while, the problems become very predictable. Still, people stretch it until 19, 20 years old to make the most out of their water heaters.
However, the average lifespan of a water heater is 12 years maximum. You should think about a new water heater installation after 10 to 11 years, especially if you live in a condo or above another apartment!
4. The Washer Hose In Poor Condition
Please take a look at the hose from the washer to check their condition regularly. Replace it as soon as a crack appears or after ten years without further investigation.
A word of caution regarding braided stainless steel hoses: avoid inexpensive models!
5. Outdoor Taps Not Emptied
Never forget to purge the outdoor faucets (unless they are frost proof) before winter. Because if the temperature goes below freezing 2-3 days in a row, it can freeze the water inside, causing a blockage, which adds pressure to the pipes and can cause them to crack.
6. The Blocked Drain Of A Flat Roof
Ensure that no debris is blocking the strainer (the basket that protects the drain), preventing water from flowing into it. If so, seek our help immediately for drainage cleaning and maintenance to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Despite your precautions, has there been a breakage, and water is gushing out on all sides? Click here to hire Bill’s Plumbing & Sewer Inc. for expert plumbing services anywhere in Morton Grove, IL today! Our team can fix leaky faucets and clogged drains in no time!