Watch Out For These Four Things That Can Cause Broken Pipes

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Watch Out For These Four Things That Can Cause Broken Pipes

6 August 2016
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Unless you are a professional plumber, you likely could not suspect if your pipes are breaking. Fortunately, there are some warning signs you can watch out for. This will allow you to call a plumber before you have a much larger problem, such as pipes bursting. Keep reading to learn three warning signs.

Construction in Your Area

If there is construction going on in your area, it can cause problems with your plumbing pipes. This is because the heavy equipment causes the soil to shift. In the beginning, you will notice constant clogged toilets and drains. If the construction continues and the soil shifts even more your plumbing pipes could break. Talk with the contractor and let them know where your sewer lines are located.

Tree Roots

If you have trees planted near your sewer pipes, they will be drawn to the water. Once this happens, the roots wrap around the sewer pipes quickly causing them to break and burst. This is especially true if you have older clay or concrete pipes. If you notice a lot of water standing around your sewer area and you have trees planted nearby, this could be your problem.  You will also notice frequent drain clogs inside your home.

If this is something happening to you, contact a sewer company. If they find you have this problem, they have equipment that will grind up the tree roots without harming the pipes. Once they are finished, they will tell you that you need to remove the tree(s) causing the problem.

Water Pressure

If there is an increase of water pressure because of clogs on your plumbing pipes, they can break and burst. Once this pressure happens, the pipes will expand leading to cracking and eventual breaking.

You could have a clog in your water pump, in your toilet, deep in a drain, etc. Even if you just think you have a clog somewhere, you should investigate to make sure to prevent this from happening.

Routine Maintenance

Just like many other things, your plumbing system needs to be maintained on a regular basis. The best way to do this is to call a plumber who can make sure the piping is in good shape. A sewer company can pump your drain to remove any debris that may be there and then clean it for you.

Talk with the emergency plumber about other things you should watch out for.

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When you think about the fixtures in your home that keep you happy, you probably take that bathtub, sink, and toilet for granted. However, if you have ever been asked to live without one of these crucial fixtures, you probably quickly discovered how important they really were. That bathtub can give you relief after a long day at the gym, and that toilet can become the most important plumbing device in your home if you come down with the stomach flu. My blog focuses on teaching homeowners more about their plumbing, so that you can enjoy what you have and troubleshoot new problems.