Homeowners tend to have many fears, one of which is the stress and chaos that comes with cleaning up after flooding and water damage. Whether it’s a weather-related disaster or faulty plumbing and appliances, water restoration should be performed immediately. Standing water in your home can cause extensive damage by leading to mold and mildew growth, as well as seeping into your floors and walls, causing costly structural damage down the road. The more you know about the causes of water damage, the better prepared you can be.
Reduced water pressure, high water bills, stains on the wall or ceiling and frequent drain clogs are just a few signs that you may be in for a more serious problem. Burst water pipes have many causes, the most well-known being frozen water inside the pipes brought on by extremely cold temperatures. Since this is rarely an issue in South Florida, here are some other common causes of pipes bursting.
Rust and Corrosion
Just like other components of your home, your pipes will eventually start to corrode and rust over time. The lifespan of your pipes typically depends on what they’re made of. Older homes often have this problem because steel material was once commonly used, which also caused faster corrosion. Regular maintenance can help monitor and determine whether or not you should replace your pipes and if they are at risk of bursting.
When your pipes clog, the water pressure gets to be more than the pipe can handle, causing it to expand and eventually burst. What you may not realize is that the minerals in the water that make it safe to drink may be causing your pipes to clog. For example, calcium and magnesium can build up and lead to both pipe corrosion and clogs that increase water pressure at certain areas within your pipes.
Avid landscapers may already be aware of this, but tree roots tend to grow naturally towards water. If there are weak areas of piping, roots may be drawn to them and wrap around the pipe causing it to burst. Slow-flowing drains and complete blockages from your toilet, sinks or bath tubs may be a signal of this type of pipe burst. It is recommended that trees be planted more than 10 feet away from any sewer or water line to avoid this situation.
You may not be aware of it, but your most important appliances can also cause water damage that requires water restoration. Hot water heaters and air conditioners are two of the top appliances known for causing water damage inside of homes. Corrosion is often the culprit when it comes to appliance-related water damage. Flushing out your hot water tank periodically can help keep it functioning properly. Having your HVAC unit maintained regularly, such as regular air duct cleaning, can help avoid water damage, as well. Water damage from other common appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators and dishwashers, is typically due to poor connections in hoses, valves or switches.
For Trusted Water Restoration, Contact Stanley Steemer
Stanley Steemer of South Florida can help you get through your water disaster with our professional water restoration services. Our specialists are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, so you can be sure you are getting dependable and qualified repair. You can rest assured that our water extraction process will get your life back on track. To learn more or to get a quote, visit our website or call (888) 982-3553 to speak with a Stanley Steemer professional today.