Major Trouble: Two Damaging Plumbing Problems

12 December 2018
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Plumbing problems come in several varieties, and some of them can be dealt with quickly and easily. Leaky faucets can be addressed by almost any homeowner with a wrench in their toolbox. Then there are the below problems. These two plumbing issues might mean severe damage to your walls, floors, ceilings, and more. Read on to learn more about dealing with these two major plumbing problems.

Tree Roots vs. the Lateral Pipe

Some plumbing issues take time to become known. Until problems become evident, this plumbing problem lies silent underneath your front yard. Unless you have a sanitary septic tank, your plumbing connects to the city pipes that run under the street in front of your home. The pipe that connects you to the public sewer system is called the lateral pipe. The problem is root intrusion into the pipe.

You might wonder how something as sturdy as a plumbing pipe could allow something like a bush or tree root to invade it. The problem is that leaks can develop near the joints of the pipe and roots are naturally drawn toward the source of water. When your toilet begins to make strange noises and flushing is slow, you probably have a root invading your lateral. You will definitely need a professional plumber to locate and repair the leak to avoid having sewer gases and sewage from backing up into your home.

Pipes That Leak or Burst

If there is any one plumbing problem that can cause the most damage before you even realize it, it is a leaking pipe in your home. You may not even know where your plumbing pipes run but they are present below your floors, in your walls, over your ceilings, under your sinks, behind your washer, and so many more places. When a leak or break happens with a plumbing pipe, you might only become aware of it when you spot moisture on your wall, floors, and ceiling. Once the leak is repaired, you will need to take further steps and have your drywall and flooring repaired.

One major cause of plumbing pipe leaks or breaks is corrosion. Older home construction involved using pipes made of galvanized steel and iron that naturally breaks down, rusts, and corrodes over time. Newer homes use strong polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping that is virtually indestructible. If your home is older, you might want to have a plumber check the integrity of your plumbing system to head off problems before they cause expensive structural damage to your home.