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In White Plains, traditionally, our last freeze is about April first. Although you may have weathered the winter storms without a frozen pipe, you aren’t out of the woods yet. Burst pipes are often caused by more mundane causes. Ignoring the indicators can lead to a lot of repairs and water damage cleanup in the future. Here are some potential trouble spots:
Your home’s drains and toilets may become blocked, and then back up into your house. Clogged drains and sewer lines can cause water pressure to accumulate in your pipes, which can result in ruptures or leaks. Not only is this situation untidy, but it can also be a serious health risk as this dirty water seeps into your home. Never attempt to clean up “black water”; call in for professional help.
During severe rainstorms, water in the street may exceed the capacity of the system under the street. A backup in the city sewer could cause wastewater to overflow into the lowest opening of the line, causing damage.
If construction is being done near your house, your pipes may fail as a result of environmental circumstances. Activities near your home may block your toilet by bringing sand into your pipes. When the pressure is intense, and your pipes cannot handle it anymore, they are going to rupture. (Again, this is more likely to happen if you are not doing constant maintenance on your plumbing system.)
A major factor in the stability of your plumbing system is the materials used for your pipes. Lead pipes, used in the early 1900s, have a life expectancy of 100 years. The downside is that decay plus lead can leach lead into your drinking water, a serious health hazard. Worn-out pipes such as steel are very susceptible to corrosion and alkaline water which can rapidly decrease the integrity of the pipe.
Copper is unquestionably the premium choice, simply because it has such a long and proven history. Copper piping has been used for 80 years and many of those original lines are still going strong. It is not without problems; if your home runs on well water, copper pipes could have problems if the water is acidic.
Another common cause of broken pipes or sewer back up is when tree roots penetrate the plumbing system. They enter into sewer lines at joint points and continue to grow and spread throughout the sewer line. Sewer pipes can also be cracked and broken by growing tree roots which can lead to even more problems. Regardless of how strong your pipes are, if the root grows around the water system, it can wrap the pipeline until it bursts.
Finding these situations BEFORE damage is difficult. If you have reason to suspect that your exterior landscape is leading to indoor problems, call the water damage cleanup experts at Maxons to come investigate.
Choosing the right partner after water damage will save time, more and aggravation. With extensive training and experience with water damage disasters of all sizes, you can count on Maxons to get you back to normal quickly:
Maxons has been restoring White Plains’ homes and cleaning up water damage for decades. As a single source provider, our water damage cleanup experts will help you avoid the hassle of coordinating with multiple contractors. Utilizing an online project management system keeps you in the loop from start to finish and will make communications efficient.