State Farm Insurance conducted a study in 2011 that showed that frozen pipes are one of the main causes for home water damage. As water freezes, it expands, which can cause increased pressure on your pipes. This can cause the pipes to burst and flood your yard or your home. In this blog, we go over some of the reasons why it might be a good idea to replace your water line before the ground freezes in the winter.
If you have old galvanized pipes, it is likely that rust has begun to form on the inside of them. If this is the case then it means two things. First, it means that every time you drink water from your faucets that you are drinking a little bit of rust. Second, it also means that your pipes have less space inside them for water to expand as it gets cold. This leaves your old pipes more vulnerable to cracks due to freezing than newer pipes. Replacing your pipes with fresh, new copper pipes could potentially save you from very expensive repair costs from water damage. There are other piping materials available, like PEX, which is highly resistant to freezing.
Prevention is Normally Less Expensive than Repair
If you wait to replace your pipes until you have a catastrophic leak it could end up costing you more money. Replacing your pipes out of prevention might be more cost effective. Additionally, a skilled plumber can replace your water line without digging your yard using trenchless technology.
Protect your Home Pipe Leaks
Another reason to replace your water line is to protect the rest of your property. If your water line freezes and breaks, it could leak small amounts of water into your yard or your home over a long period of time. This kind of slow damage can cause mold, wood rot and sometimes even sink holes. If you decide to go someplace warm for the winter and your pipes freeze at your home, the damage could be massive. Replacing your water line is a great way to have peace of mind about your home..
If you have any questions about preventing the water line at your Quakertown home from freezing, contact the Quakertown plumbers at Resolve Rooter today. We can send one of our plumbers out to your home to inspect your plumbing system and you water line.