Returning home to a flooded home due to burst pipes is devastating. Burst pipes not only damage your furniture, cabinetry, and other personal belongings, but they can dramatically increase your water bill. So how do you know if your pipes are going to burst?
Warning signs your pipes could burst:
- Higher water bills
- Constant clogs
- Damp areas
- Foul Odors
- Lowered water pressure
What Causes Pipes to Burst?
If you notice any of the above signs in your home, you should contact your plumber right away. f this already happened to you, you might be left wondering, what caused your pipes to burst in the first place.
Corrosion: Since indoor plumbing was created, builders have experimented with various metals and other materials for piping. If your home was built before 1970, your piping was likely made of steel, which is prone to bursting. Your pipes should last between 50 and 60 years. If you live in an older home, consider contacting our Los Angeles repiping company for a free estimate.
Tree Roots: Tree roots are another common cause for pipes bursting, especially if you live in a dry area. People often underestimate the strength of tree roots. Roots will stop at nothing to provide water to their tree. If your pipes have a small crack or leak, tree roots will exploit it. Roots can grow around your pipes, slowly crushing them until they burst.
Pipe Collapse: Shifts in soil or increased weight can cause your pipes to collapse. Construction can shift soils and place more weight on your pipes. If major development is planned in your area, contact the site manager so you can inform them of the location of your pipes.
Replacing Your Pipes
Copper and plastic piping can last up to 50 years in ideal conditions. If you are experiencing plumbing problems similar to those listed above, it may be time to contact a Los Angeles repiping expert to have your home repiped.
At Repiping Professionals, we offer free estimates on repiping jobs. Give us a call to get started.