2 Costly Problems Prevented By Regular Plumbing Inspections
Your plumbing system has delivered potable water to your home for as long as you can remember—and it's also drained that water from your home once you're done with it. However, even if your plumbing system seems to be working properly, there are several costly plumbing issues that can occur deep within the walls and floors of your home—if your plumbing system isn't inspected on a regular basis. By having your plumbing system professional inspected by your local plumber, you can avoid becoming a victim of these problems:
Water Damage Caused By Pinhole Leaks
Although you may think your cast iron or copper plumbing lines will last forever, this conception couldn't be further from the truth. Cast iron and copper are both prone to developing corrosion damage caused by minerals (such as calcium and magnesium) found in your municipal water supply. As these minerals flow throughout the series of pipelines in your home, they'll slowly eat away at the lining of your pipes and eventually cause pinhole leaks.
Pinhole leaks can cause greater monetary damage than burst pipes if they're not detected in a reasonable amount of time. Since pinhole leaks are extremely small, they can leak water for several weeks or even months before you notice any signs of water damage—such as drywall crumbling, mold growth, or warped floorboards.
Additionally, as water leaks through these miniscule holes, the holes will continue to grow in both size and number. Only after numerous leaks have formed and grown in a single plumbing line will you begin seeing any signs of damage.
Once these leaks are detected, they're extremely easy to repair. By simply re-piping the pipelines in which pinhole leaks have formed, you can prevent any future water damage from occurring. Once the damage is repaired, you can begin looking for ways you can prevent corrosive minerals from damaging your lines in the future. Water softeners or reverse osmosis systems are ideal for removing corrosive minerals and other contaminants from your home plumbing system.
Your plumbing system extends beyond your house and into your yard—where your water main and sewer line are subjected to several types of environmental damage. In addition the corrosion caused by the water flowing through your lines, your exterior plumbing lines are exposed to terrain pressure and the force of gravity.
As the ground surrounding your lines shifts around due to earthquakes, nearby road traffic, and erosion, rocks and dirt can be forced against the pipes along your water main and sewer line. Although your sturdy cast iron piping may have been able to withstand terrain pressure for the past several years, it won't be able to accomplish this task forever. Natural degradation of your pipelines will eventually allow the terrain in your yard to crack various sections of your exterior pipelines.
Additionally, if the ground beneath your lines collapses or shifts away, then your lines won't have the support they need to remain in place. As your pipes begin to shift around and sink further into the ground, the couplings between each pipe will crack and leak.
Terrain shifting and erosion occurs very slowly without the aid of tectonic plate movements. For this reason, you have an ample amount of time to detect these issues and prevent them from destroying these crucial components of your home plumbing system. However, unless these lines are inspected, you won't detect these problems in time to prevent them.
Don't sit around while your interior and exterior pipelines sustain gradual damage that will end up costing you large sums of money to repair. Instead, contact your local plumber for a free plumbing checkup or consultation to identify these issues well before they become serious problems.