Although the water coming into your Fairfield County home from plumbing lines is clear and clean, we at Fairfield Plumber warn that it will still cause a lot of damage when it pours onto your walls, floors and furniture. Homeowner’s insurance claims from plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses. A majority of the problems come from three causes:
As household appliances get older, their pipes begin to rust and crack; their hoses can weaken. Washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters and dishwashers are all susceptible to deterioration, so keep a watch on older machines.
Even more susceptible to leaks than the appliances are the fittings that connect them to the plumbing supply. Over time, they corrode or loosen. This type of failure represents two of every three plumbing supply systems claims. Upgrade to braided steel hoses to avoid any plastic components.
During the cooler winter months, exposure to sub-freezing temperatures can cause expensive problems. When pipes freeze, the internal pressure within the pipes increases to the point where cracks are created leading to eventual failure. Insurance industry data shows that 18% of all plumbing supply system claims come from frozen pipes.
In cold places like Fairfield County, it is so important that conductive metal pipes be sufficiently insulated, especially those inside the external walls. Don’t forget about the garden. Plumbing supply lines to the exterior hose bib are very vulnerable to bursting during freezing weather.
Another common reason for failure is as a direct result of faulty workmanship and/or installation errors. Typical domestic water supply plumbing lines are either copper tubes or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. The method of soldering copper fittings requires great skill and knowledge; seams can fail prematurely if improperly welded. Failures in coupling nuts used in combination with PVC pipes can occur from incorrect or poor plastic material choice, incorrect coupling nut design, poor manufacturing practices, poor installation practices, or a combination of one or more of these factors.
The failure of an internal plumbing line can be super damaging. For example, if a common domestic 3/4″ diameter copper water tube fails, the flow of water discharge from that tube could range from 1 to 10 gallons per minute. Therefore, over the course of just one hour, 60 to 600 gallons of water could be released through just the one plumbing line. Further, if the failed tubing is located within the attic or plenum space above the entire interior portion of the building the result could be catastrophic.
When you have standing water in your home, or you can’t stop the flow, you need to call an emergency plumber right now.
From the initial call to dispatch the team, to the first minutes on site, the technicians will immediately identify the source of water and categorize it as category 1, 2 or 3 water damage. This designation of cleanliness will determine the proper safety response to your emergency. As emergency plumbers, they understand the importance of adequately protecting you, your family, your possessions and the team from any harm. Keep your family and possessions safe, call Fairfield County Plumbers for your plumbing emergencies.