Out of sight, out of mind. Old pipes laid many years ago may be forgotten, but that doesn’t mean that the problem is not there, ready to strike. Old pipes are typically comprised of a type of metal, most likely a combination of iron and galvanized steel. These metals run the risk of corrosion, which deteriorates the pipe. Tiny holes the human eye can’t even see will start to pop up, causing leaks. Waterflow can get restricted too if the material gets dislodged from one spot and jammed in another place.
How do you make sure that your house is using modern pipes that will last? Most galvanized pipes are commonly used in older homes, but that doesn’t mean that it still isn’t used. An easy way to determine the type of pipes used in your home is to check the shutoff valves and faucets. If the valves look like they’ve been around for half a century, then it is likely that the pipes have been, too.
It can be difficult to know what is going on underground. The roots of trees and shrubs grow and spread everywhere, even around or into pipelines.
If a root makes it close to a pipe, the pipe may bend and even break under stress, resulting in restrictions on water flow or even complete blockages. To remove roots that may have grown into pipes, one may use a drill to break the root down. However, the root will grow back and cause the problem to persist. Chemical root killers are also utilized by experts to destroy any root that poses a risk to any pipe. If the damage is too much, a complete replacement of pipes will be carried out, costing a lot of money, time, and effort.