Nature vs. Plumbing
The unfortunate reality is that nature can wreak havoc on you’re plumbing system. The good news is that with regular maintenance and inspection, you can prevent damage or at least minimize the problem.
Known as “root intrusion” the name is fitting for one of the biggest culprits of broken pipes. Your sewage drainage system is crucial to the overall functionality so keeping it maintained will save you from costly repairs.
Generally, visible roots are only a portion of the entire root. Even a small puncture allows roots to grow through and obstruct the pipe. In Orlando and Central Florida, we have a high water table making it easier for the roots to seek out the water source. If you notice a slow in water flow, or if multiple fixtures such as the toilet, sink or shower start backing up, most likely you will need to repair or replace a pipe. This should be done by a professional plumber. Cleaning the interior with chemical or herbicide treatments is a temporary fix and won’t solve the real problem. Also, some of the treatments are illegal and can carry large fines.
It’s rare to associate lightning with plumbing issues, but it’s a real concern. Especially in Central Florida which has ten times as many lightning strikes as the rest of the country. When lightning strikes the water distribution systems, it can cause pinhole leaks and sometimes even burst the pipes, costing thousands of dollars in uninsured plumbing repairs.
The theory is that lightning sends electricity shooting through the ground when it strikes. It seeks out buried, copper pipes or the home’s ground rod. It moves through the pipe until it reaches a dead end, usually at a plastic junction. The electricity needs an outlet, so the charge jumps from copper to water leaving a hole in the pipe.
To keep abreast of any damage, it’s wise to do a visual check for leaks by inspecting all appliances and fixtures that need plumbing. If you find a leak, get a professional pressure test and repair even small leaks before they get worse.
Heat is also damaging to your pipes. When the ground dries out from lack of rain, it causes the house to settle which can cause your water main to crack or leak. Ultraviolet Rays can also damage exposed pipes so be sure to cover them with insulation.
Buried pipes have an increased water pressure which adds strain to the pipeline walls. Older pipes are often made of concrete making them more susceptible to breakage.
It’s important to keep the ground as moist as possible, however, with the increasing need for water conservation, watering around the foundation is most important.
If you suspect damage, call All Pro, we’ll find the cause and fix the problem.
- Published in Tips of the Trade