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If you and your family are spending more time at home, you are also using more water: more dishwasher runs, more loads of laundry, more ice cubes, more cleaning, more flushes. With every interaction that you have with a faucet or handle, you slightly increase the odds of a failure and the call for water damage restoration. Plastic fittings, metal nuts, rubber gaskets and all types of pipes can develop weakness that leads to plumbing failures. Here are the parts that tend to wear out with use:
Pipes, Connections, and Joints
No plumbing material will last forever and you should be aware of the expected lifespan of your materials. According to the experts at the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), CPVC pipes are expected to last for 50 to 75 years under optimal conditions. Unfortunately, many area homeowners are seeing cracks in their CPVC installations after as little as 14 years. Once thought of as a great water pipe product, polybutylene pipe (PB) was used from the late ’70s into the early ’90s because of its low cost and easy installation. Polybutylene piping breaks down with exposure to water and water’s dissolved solids, eventually destroying furniture, furnishings, flooring and more.
Any appliance that brings water into the home may call for the need of water damage restoration. Most common failures occur at incoming water lines to refrigerators, ice makers and washing machines. Usually it isn’t the appliance that breaks — it is a failure of an inexpensive plastic fittings. Upgrade your hoses to braided steel mesh. Use high-quality connectors recommended by the manufacturer.
Hot water heaters only have a lifespan of 7-10 years; their failure can flood your home with 50 gallons of dark, dingy water. Keep up with the annual maintenance. Consider installing a plastic liner under the unit to catch drips and give you an early warning.
More time in your home means more waste. With more people in your home for more hours than usual, your plumbing will work much harder. Suddenly, more showers and more flushes can lead to clogged drains or backed-up toilets. You don’t want to discourage the kids from bathing but inspect the mess when they are done. Keep drains clear and dry up spills promptly.
No matter the cause, indoor floods are a disaster. Standing water can lead to mold growth, corrode electronics, and weaken the structural supports of a building. When our water damage restoration experts arrive on the scene of a basement flood, they take immediate action to assess the extent of the damage and provide you with an explanation of what needs to be done to remedy the situation. They have the equipment and the knowledge to successfully clean and restore a flooded basement.
Team K Services is Littleton, Denver, and Colorado’s first choice when it comes to any water damage restoration following a flood, pipe burst, or water leak. We have live managers on call all the time, you will never deal with an answering service. They offer direct insurance billing to facilitate the relationship with the insurer and promote timely payment. And most importantly, they will arrive at your door in 90 minutes or less when you need water damage restoration services.