The pipes in your home are specifically designed to last a long time, up to a century in most cases. So, you may think that you’ll never have to worry about them. Unfortunately, there are still issues outside of rust and corrosion that can force pipe replacement. These can be addressed if caught early enough, so it’s important that you keep an eye out for them. Let’s take a look at some of the problems that can damage your pipes beyond repair.
This is a common problem with the two pipelines running out of your house, the water and sewer mains. Tree roots will naturally seek out the closest source of water, and if you have trees in the vicinity of your yard that almost certainly means that you’ll have tree roots growing into your pipes eventually. Typically, these root systems can be cut out of the pipes. If you wait too long, though, you will end up with pipes that are so infested that it’s better to replace them than to try and clean them out.
Lime scale is created by hard water flowing through your pipes. Hard water is common throughout the country, and is characterized by having a much higher mineral content than usual. These minerals are slowly deposited on the walls of the pipes as the hard water flows through them, eventually building up so much that they restrict the flow of water. Just like the tree roots, lime scale can be cleaned out of the pipe if caught early enough. Advanced lime scale, however, is typically so built up and hardened that it cannot be removed without irreparably damaging the pipe.
The best way to prevent these conditions from destroying your pipes is to have your plumbing inspected at least once a year. If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in a while, call The Trusted Plumber. We provide plumbing maintenance throughout Phoenix, AZ.