We most likely don’t realize how many pipes are inside our homes. Your plumbing system consists of the pipes, tanks, and anything else needed for water and heating in a building. It can be hard to remember that plumbing systems are even there since we don’t see them. Mistakes that we make every day create plumbing issues that can cause flooding. Here are some of the most common ones.
Pipes can leak and break for many reasons. If it is winter, water in the pipes can freeze, causing an expansion that could burst a pipe. This leads to flooding wherever the pipes may be. To avoid this, keep your heat on in the winter time. Also, let your sink drip a little bit to relieve some of the pressure that could be in your pipes.
Old Water Heater
A water heater is an important part of your household. It keeps your showers warm and your dishwasher running. If there is a leak in your water heater, this can cause a major disaster. There is a consistent amount of water in a water heater, so if you suspect a leak, you need to fix it right away.
Backed-Up Sewer System
Sewer pipes contain the dirty water that leaves your house. If there is something in the way, this can cause a plumbing issue. Some things that may clog sewer pipes are hair, tampons, and even “flushable” wipes. If the clogging is really bad it can cause a flood in your home. To prevent this from happening, make sure you’re only flushing human waste.
Clogged Kitchen Sink
If your sink water doesn’t go down, it’s probably clogged. In this case, you probably put something down the drain that doesn’t go there. Avoid putting any hard foods through your garbage disposal. If it clogs the sink, it can lead to a flood.
Faulty Sump Pump
The job of a sump pump is to push the water away from your home in order to avoid flooding. The sump pump is usually located in the basement. It basically keeps your home from flooding. If your sump pump isn’t working, your basement will most likely flood.
Plugged Septic Tank
If your plumbing doesn’t lead directly to a sewer system, your house may have a septic tank. You can tell that something is wrong with your septic tank if there is slow drainage or dirty water coming into your shower, tub, or sink. If you see any liquid near your septic tank, then there is more than likely a problem. You will want to get this fixed immediately.
Cleaning and Restoration Services can help you if you encounter a flooding issue. Give us a call and we can come and inspect your property. If you are unsure whether you have a plumbing problem that could potentially lead to a flood in your home, do not hesitate to call us.