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Aging Pipe Material Could Create Water Damage To Your Pensacola Residence

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Aging Pipe Material Could Create Water Damage To Your Pensacola Residence Many Pensacola homeowners do not even realize the substantial water damage that their indoor plumbing can do.

Water Damage To Your Residence

Pensacola is no stranger to severe weather systems and heavy rainfalls through large portions of the warmer months of the year. Even with the threat of natural disasters that tend to loom over the heads of all the homeowners here, there is still another added threat that cannot get prepared for as much as someone might like: leaking pipes.

Many Pensacola homeowners do not even realize the substantial water damage that their indoor plumbing can do because they do not fully understand how indoor plumbing works or where these pipes travel through to access fixtures throughout their home. If you have a house that has gotten constructed before the last 15 years or so, you might end up with an indoor plumbing issue do the materials that have gotten used to run water throughout your home.

In many cases, older homes feature lead and copper piping before plastics and PVC showcased a much cheaper and vastly more reliable approach to the plumbing and residential construction trades. For those that still have the lead and copper plumbing, you are at risk for a multitude of situations that could leave you with a water emergency. This possibility does not even begin to brush on the health effects associated with elevated lead levels in the drinking water coming into your home, or sediment from internal chemical reactions between the pipe material and the water continually flowing through the plumbing in your house.

As these materials age, they grow naturally weaker and unable to sustain the pressures your home demands. In many cases, this can get evidenced by small leaks around connection points and elbows throughout the network. Identification at this stage makes our SERVPRO technicians’ job faster by helping to efficiently clean up a small damaged area and locate the area requiring removal and replacement.

The problem is, you might not know when there is a small leak at all, as much of your plumbing gets neatly hidden behind the walls of your home. It is only when the pressure becomes too much to handle, and the pipe ruptures at these connectors, that the real water damage results. If this happens, you should contact our SERVPRO team immediately to help keep the damage from getting worse and restoring your home.

While anyone with lead and copper piping should undoubtedly consider upgrading their home to PVC options, this is not always a possibility for everyone. The best you can do is to keep an eye on the situation and try to recognize the issues before they get out of control. Fortunately, SERVPRO of West Pensacola is always here to help you through it all. Give us a call today at (850) 469-1160.

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