The millions of people who live in Southern California are no strangers to droughts. In fact, many of us have been living with water issues most if not all of our lives –– and conditions don’t show signs of abating. One under-discussed issue with droughts is that they can seriously damage your plumbing infrastructure. In this blog post, we will tell you everything you need to know and how Preferred Plumbing & Rooter can be of assistance.
Droughts and plumbing
One of the main problems droughts can pose for your plumbing systems is pipe corrosion.
As homes and businesses use less water –– either in an attempt to ration water during droughts or simply as an effort to save water –– solids inside the pipes can build up and create troubling damage. Shorter showers and other reductions of indoor water usage mean less wastewater flowing through sewer pipes, which in turns means that with less fluids to flush down solids, these same solids can collect and damage pipes.
This problem is particularly true in areas where sewer systems are relatively flat. Since gravity can pull down on accumulating matters, they stay in place and threaten the stability of your plumbing systems.
Corrosion in your pipes can eventually lead to all sorts of leaks –– not to mention expensive repairs.
Why pipe leaks are bad for your home
Pipe leaks are among the most common, yet most troubling threats to the health of your plumbing infrastructure. For example, a leaking pipe can engender mold and mildew, both of which can in turn create respiratory issues for individuals living in your home. On a related note, leaks can also foster pests and other undesirable roommates. A leak can create a moist environment that is conducive to all kinds of infestations.
Additionally, leaks are infamous for increasing your water bill –– to the point that you will be left scratching your head at the beginning of each month. When you finally fix a leak, you not only protect your home’s health but also your wallet.
Last but not least, a leak can create structural damage. Most materials respond poorly when exposed to prolonged water exposure, and your home or place or business fits the bill. Common issues include peeling paint, rotten wood, and many, many other problems.
What to do
The best way to deal with a leaking pipe is to have a professional plumber come take a look. Here at Preferred Plumbing & Rooter Services, our team of trusted professionals has years of experience providing excellent care in the Los Angeles area. Give us a call when you’re ready to talk: (877) 298-8105.