Plumbing Beliefs That Can Lead to Trouble

Hear the muffled sound of water in your walls? Thinking it just may be the pipes working “a bit” harder than they normally do? You may want to pay more attention to that noise, especially if it’s a new one: it could mean that you’ve sprung a leak in a sewage pipe and your basement is about to become flooded – a very expensive problem to fix!

Many of us understandably don’t really think much about our home’s plumbing system. After all, we always see water come out of the kitchen faucet when we turn the tap on. We always get hot water when we turn the hot water tap on in the shower or tub.

But that’s a problem, this complacency that the plumbing will always work because it could mean we don’t maintain our plumbing, don’t check it when things seem just a bit odd, and we don’t fix small problems.

And then disaster hits in the form of burst pipes, water heaters that have burned out, a huge water bill because we didn’t repair leaks, septic tanks that overflow and on, and on, and on.

What are some other beliefs about plumbing that could lead to disaster? Take a look below.

  • Plumbing pipes are often are made of steel. They are strong and they’ll never break when it’s cold.

Pipes can – and too often do – burst when the temperature outside goes below freezing. This can happen especially during seasons where the temperatures plunge, then warm up for a few days, then go through another cold-snap, then a warm up, and so on, repeatedly. This is because the pipes contract a bit when cold and expand when warm. Do this enough over the years and the metal weakens. This is especially dangerous in homes unused during the winter. Without water flowing through them, the pipes have an ever better chance of freezing during the colder months because there is no flowing water to help keep them from freezing. So if you’ll be out of the house for several days during winter, turn on each faucet to just a trickle to keep water flowing – however slowly – through your pipes.

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You don’t want to see this mess in your yard; keep an eye on your plumbing system’s pipes!

  • The leak in my kitchen sink is so very tiny; it drips maybe one drop a minute. I can live with the sound of the tiny drips.

You may be able to live with the sound of drip, drip, drip, but can you live with how much water that one faucet is wasting? The U.G. Geological Survey (USGS) actually has a page where you can estimate how much water you’re losing each day with “just a tiny leak.” At “just one drop a minute,” the USGS estimates that you’ll waste 34 gallons of water a year. Five drips a minute sees you wasting one liter of water a day and 173 gallons each year. And on and on and on.

  • My home’s septic tank is ginormous! I don’t need to keep an eye on how full it’s getting.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recommends that septic system homeowners empty their systems every three to five years. The smaller the septic system and/or the number of members in the household, of course, the more frequently you will need to have it emptied.

If you haven’t had the tank emptied in three years – or if you didn’t note the last time you had it pumped – you should call a Dallas plumbing company sooner rather than later to check on your tank’s status.

Plumbing Dynamics can come out to inspect your home’s plumbing system to make sure trouble isn’t about to visit. Give us a call at 214-929-3431 for inspections, maintenance or during a plumbing emergency. We look forward to hearing how we may be of service.

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