Every home must deal with water pressure, and homeowners must watch out for leaky pipes that can lead to major water issues. There are multiple reasons why water can be a costly problem. Here’s a deeper look at how to protect your home from water damage.
Plumbing System Repair
Knowing how your plumbing system works can help you protect it from problems that can spiral out of control. Most water leaks develop over time and potentially become more damaging the longer they are left untreated. Leaks can sometimes be detected by low water pressure or discolored water. Here are some of the common causes of leaky pipes:
- Old, rusty pipes
- Improper pH level of water
- Frozen pipes that warm too quickly
- Poor valve configuration
- Natural disasters
When pipes get backed up, it can cause them to burst from excessive water pressure. Another cause of a leak can be when a garbage disposal or washing machine isn’t working properly. Hoses can weaken over time from rusted and cracked pipes. Plumbing issues can develop when hoses or pipes on appliances are not completely attached.
Flooding in Attics and Basements
Water can build up in attics and basements during stormy weather. Any place where water can be trapped, such as a flat roof with poor drainage, can become flooded. Leaks in the roof can be the root of the problem. Sometimes, failing to clean debris, such as tree branches from the roof, can lead to weight that causes roof damage, including leaks.
Gutters are designed to allow water to flow from the roof, down a drain and to the ground where it can run off. When leaves and other debris build up, it can cause the gutters to get clogged, preventing water from draining. The more the roof stays wet, the more water can shorten its lifespan, since continuous dampness can lead to black mold.
HVAC and Old Appliances
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are often the cause of water damage. Moisture buildup in an air conditioning system can result from neglect. However, more water damage is usually caused by old washing machines and hot water tanks with cracked pipes and hoses. That’s why it’s important to maintain all of your household appliances as much as possible.
Every homeowner must guard against water leaks, which can lead to expensive damage. It’s important to inspect your plumbing, appliances and HVAC systems periodically as a proactive step and a way to catch damage early. Since water damage is often a complex issue, it’s best to work with experienced professionals to ensure that the job is done right the first time. Contact us to discuss your water issue, so that we can restore your pipes and protect your home.