Your home's plumbing can be your best friend or your worst nightmare, depending on how you treat it. A poorly treated plumbing system can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement expenses. Below are two specific ways neglected plumbing can create trouble for you and what you should do to avoid potential disaster.
1. Bulging or Leaking Washing Machine Supply Hoses
Two separate water lines supply your clothes washer, one of each from hot and cold water fittings. These hoses are ordinarily kept under pressure at all times, as the hot and cold water valves to which they are attached remain in their 'on' positions.
The main threat posed by washing machine hoses is they can burst if the hose material becomes distended and weakens. Over time, internal water pressure and proximity to heat emitted by the washer and neighboring clothes dryer will cause hoses to become brittle and crack.
A burst washing machine hose can cause a tremendous amount of water damage to your home. If you are not available to turn off the water, such as when you are away from the house or are sleeping, hundreds or possibly thousands of gallons of water can flow into your home.
Of course, the consequences can be disastrous for your home's flooring, drywall, and structural components, not to mention the harm caused to furniture, drapes, appliances, and other possessions.
That is why it is important to make plans to prevent washing machine hoses from bursting in the first place. You can accomplish this by taking a few relatively low-cost steps.
First, you should frequently inspect hoses for signs of wear and immediately replace any hoses that are bulging, feel spongy, or show signs of cracking.
In addition, you can purchase braided hoses that contain a woven steel mesh that encloses the underlying rubber. These hoses provide an extra measure of protection against bursting and cost only a little more than unbraided hoses.
Finally, you can gain a little extra peace of mind by turning off washing machine water valves while you are away from home for lengthy periods of time. This will prevent the most catastrophic consequences from occurring by eliminating the possibility of a burst hose while you're gone.
2. Damaged Sewer Lines
Another potential problem that can crop up due to plumbing neglect is damage caused by sewer backups. Specifically, aging sewer lines pose a serious threat to your home when drainage capacities diminish.
Old sewer lines are vulnerable to cracking, especially if they are made from clay, as well as breakage due to shifting subsoil. Not only that, but sewer lines can also be penetrated and infiltrated by tree roots.
Tree roots are particularly attracted to sewer lines if they sense moisture in the area. Once a tree root gains entry to the inside of a sewer line, it can rapidly grow and fill the space inside the pipe. As a result, drainage will suffer, and backups are inevitable.
That is why you should address issues caused by aging sewer lines before problems occur. Sewer line inspections can be conducted by a professional plumber once every few years, and these will give you a better idea as to when your sewer line may need replacing.
Addition, if you are experiencing problems with drainage, such as poor-flushing toilets or slow drains, then a plumber should evaluate your system to determine if an age-related is causing your trouble. Your sewer lines may need to be repaired or replaced, depending upon the age of the line and the degree of damage that has already happened.
If you have questions about your plumbing, including concerns about your appliance water and drain hookups, be sure to contact Rockdale Plumbing & Drain, Inc. for assistance. Their staff is ready and able to help with your needs.