If you live in an old house, chances are you also live with old plumbing. Over time, age combined with normal wear and tear can have an adverse effect on your plumbing system. When left unchecked, you open a window to a potential disaster in waiting. A burst water or sewer line can wreak havoc on your home’s flooring, interior walls, and furniture. It can also lead to mold and mildew growth that poses a serious health hazard. Replacing your old plumbing before it fails not only saves you money but also protects your most valuable asset — your health.
A burst water line can allow untold gallons of water to infiltrate your home. When this happens, flooring, interior walls, baseboards, and trim, as well as your sanity, will suffer. Aside from the chance that your homeowners insurance might not cover some of the costs, dealing with the waterlogged mess can be a nightmare. Not to mention you may be left without running water or working toilets. Plumbing has an expiration date, and even though it may still be working, putting off replacement of old plumbing can set you up for additional damage and costs when it eventually fails.
A burst, ruptured or broken sewer line not only shuts down your toilets, showers and sink drains but also can contaminate your household with volatile sewage if the break is in a wall or ceiling. Sewage carries many bacteria that can present a serious health problem. Combined with the addition of a moldy, mildewed environment that can have serious adverse effects on your respiratory system, you should want to avoid it all costs. Slow drains and sluggish toilets are a sure sign of a problem within your sewer line system. Tree roots and aging or collapsed lines are usually the culprits. Turning your cheek will just set you up for more expense and aggravation down the road.
Brown Tap Water
Brown tap water is a common sign of a plumbing problem. Unless you are connected to a well, signs of rust colored water or stains on your fixtures are alerting you of a potential plumbing problem. Most often, the problem lies with rusty, corroded and deteriorating galvanized plumbing but can also point to an aging water heater. Not only is brown tap water unsightly, smelly and unpleasant tasting, it can also stain your laundry and plumbing fixtures as well as shorten the life of your appliances.
As most things age, the chances increase that they will break. Fortunately, you can avoid the inconvenience of old plumbing failures by identifying the signs and taking action to prevent or contain the damage.
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