Broken and Leaky Pipes: How to Prevent Them

Broken and Leaky Pipes: How to Prevent Them

If you are about to become a homeowner and are looking at older home, make sure that you have covered all of your bases and know exactly what you are buying. If it’s a house with a lot of problems, make sure that those things are specifically identified and that the price matches the home’s condition. One of the most important things to have done after an initial house inspection is to make an appointment with a Roto-Rooter technician to do a full plumbing inspection. Our professionals will be able to reveal all current issues, developing problems, and anything else that you need to know.  At this point, knowing that information can help you make an informed decision about what kind of house you are buying. The fact is that older plumbing has a lot of repairs and maintenance that need to be done to prevent issues from getting out of hand. To help you take better care of your plumbing system, we have assembled this guide to help you prevent common pipe issues.

Broken Pipes

If a pipelines breaks on your property, it could potentially cause thousands of dollars in water damage to the structure. After all of the restoration and mold service is complete, your bank account will surely be suffering. During the winter, outer walls of the home that do not get enough sunlight can experience frigid temperatures. If there are waterlines running through these spots, they are at risk of freezing. While the actual freezing might not be a problem, the forming ice that pushes out trapped air is. When the pressure becomes too much, the air will break open the pipe and can cause entire lines to shatter. To keep this from happening, make sure that there is plenty of insulation in the walls of your home. Pipes can be specially fitted with plumbing insulation as an extra buffer. If that still isn't enough, electric heating tape can be wrapped around entire lines to maintain constant temperatures.

High Pressure

If the water pressure in a plumbing system exceeds 60 psi for an extended period of time, water hammers will start to spring up. As a pipe moves and shifts under pressure, leaks can start to form. To regulate pressure back down to a normal level, have a certified technician make the appropriate adjustments to the water regulator on the property.

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