What causes plumbing problems?

Plumbing, everybody fears the plumber… The high cost, the mess, the intrusion of ones personal space. The stress involved during a plumbing problem can be enormous! Water everywhere, sewage flowing out onto the floors or through the walls – MOLD! Ughh, mold and mildew.

Why do we hear of so many people having had some sort of plumbing disaster? LACK OF MAINTENANCE… We take our cars for regular check ups. We check and protect our computers. We go to the doctors for our yearly physicals. But, we don’t call a plumber until its absolutely necessary – usually, when the disaster is upon us.

How can one protect the home and wallet from a plumbing disaster?

Simply put, with a little bit of preventive maintenance. You see, most of all plumbing problems fall into 1 of 4 categories.

1. High Incoming Water Pressure: What is the first thing your doctor checks upon seeing you? Your blood pressure. Why? Your blood pressure levels can directly affect your well being is so many ways. The same is true within your plumbing system. High water pressure (deemed as any pressure above 80psi) can and will destroy your plumbing system.

2. Thermal Expansion: What is thermal expansion? The best way to describe thermal expansion is – water expands when heated. Similar to what occurs when boiling water in a tea pot. The expansion created by the steam blows the whistle. The same can occur within your plumbing system whenever the water heater is heating water and the expansion has no where to go.

3. Bad Water Quality: Those hard white spots and grime surrounding your faucets, sinks and shower doors aren’t a good thing. If that sort of build up occurs within the surface of items that rarely have water on them; can you imagine what the inside of the pipes and water heater looks like? Hard water will most definitely lead to premature failure of your faucets, dishwasher, toilets and more.

4. Poor workmanship: Poor workmanship, either by way of original construction and/or previous repairs made by handymen, weekend warriors, and the likes – to be inferior and not withstanding the local plumbing codes or better practices. It is always best to ensure good quality by way of requiring all work performed within your home or place of business be permitted with the local governing agency. Albeit, this will not ensure or absolve one from poor workmanship – it will definitely curb 95% of it.

So what does all of this mean and what must one do to protect themselves from plumbing disasters?

1. Check the incoming water pressure yearly.

2. Check for Thermal Expansion

3. Invest in the appropriate water treatment device that best suits your locale

4. Maintain a level of security by requiring your plumber to secure permits on all of your projects

 

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