Tips to Prevent Water and Mold Damage From Burst Pipes

Now that winter is upon us, it is very important to take preventive measures against frozen pipes which can cause costly water damage to your home or business. Pipes commonly at risk of freezing are those in unheated areas, such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. As water freezes, it expands and the pressure can cause the pipe to crack or burst. In addition to the damage to your plumbing system, you will also be faced with a flood in your home or business. If not properly remediated, water damage can also cause mold infestation which is a health hazard.

Below are some tips to help keep pipes from freezing in the cold winter months.

A good way to prevent pipes from freezing is by not lowering your thermostat at night; keep the temperature the same day and night in extreme cold weather. If there is a water supply line in your garage, always keep the doors closed. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. When weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet to prevent freezing, especially if the pipe is exposed.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, keep the faucet open. Once you locate the frozen pipe, apply heat by using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe or a hair dryer. Always make sure that that the heating pad or hair dryer does not come in contact with water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. As the pipe is treated and the water begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Always check all faucets in your home to make sure the water is running, because if it is not, you might have additional frozen pipes. If one freezes, others might also freeze.

If you are traveling during the winter months for an extended period of time, one of the first things to do is make sure your heat is set to 55 degrees. Always have a neighbor check on your house to make sure the furnace is working and the heat remains at 55 degrees because if it goes below freezing, you run the risk of a broken pipe.

If you do experience a broken pipe, you must act quickly to prevent further water damage to your home or business. The first thing you must do is shut off the water immediately. Know where the water shut off valve is located and make sure all members of the household are aware of its location and how to shut it off.

If you experience water damage from a burst pipe, contact a local reputable water damage repair company right away. They can advise you on the proper steps to take to clean up and restore your home or business. Taking care of the problem right away can prevent the need for mold remediation later.

Pipe Replacements and Upgrades – Upgrades to Pipes That Won’t Leak Or Bust

There are three stages that represent the deterioration of your pipes relative to a truly profound effect that can be had on your lifestyle. There is rusting. A rusting pipe is not only a infrastructure hazard. It is also a health hazard, and no one wants to have to taste the metallic poison and rust residue which is the result of the interior of your pipe flaking and deteriorating into the water you bathe, shower and drink.

Stages two and three begin with a treacle and culminates in serious property damage to your house or business; not to mention a three hundred and sixty degree disruption to your lifestyle or working life. Before a pipe leaks, it treacles. But you do not want it to get to the stage of a leak. Once it gets to the stage of a leak, it can just as easily compound towards the stage of a full blown burst pipe, and now we’re talking profound real estate damage and exacting expense.

The plumbing specialists who have made their indelible mark in metropolitan areas like Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne have made their reputation coming to the rescue of homes and businesses of unfortunate people whose plumbing system has leaked or worse, burst. But they have also established their reputation by installing replacements and upgrades to make the job plumbing maintenance a more manageable one.

Most of the time, a pipe replacement has been found to do the job because established working knowledge in pipes calls for no more than newer version of the part that did the job so ably in the first place. Often, aging, rusting or general ware keeps this part functioning at the level it once did.

Pipe Replacements and Upgrades have been keeping homes and businesses at optimal functioning levels for well over half a century in both metropolitan areas and townships. Plumbing is an evolving industry, and as the industry evolves so too do the tools and products used to enhance the plumbing infrastructure of both domestic and commercial dwellings. Commercial dwellings in particular are privy to new innovations and improvements in the way pipes and pipe parts do their job, but even in the domestic sphere of operations, people are benefitting from new technologies or to put it quite simply, upgrades.

An upgrade is often necessary when it is believed by consensus industry thinking that a simple replacement won’t ensure the optimum longevity a better designed modern innovation will. Quite often, it’s just a matter of replacing an old part for a new part, or a dysfunctional part for a functional part, but other times it is in your interests to upgrade, and for a few dollars more, you’re ensuring the continued stability of your plumbing infrastructure.

Stainless Steel Pipe Prices – A New Market Flood?

Plumbing has come a long way in the last 2,000 years. Yes, Ancient Romans are famous for their aqueducts, surely one of mankind’s greatest inventions, but what we must also remember is that those same Romans were the first civilization to transport water with the use of lead, a toxin. Now, as it turns out, the Romans lucked out by having high calcium content in their drinking water, which coated their pipes and kept them safe (the same could not be said about their lead cookware, unfortunately).

Since that time, humans have gone through many different materials to convey their water. Wood was used in Britain and Early America, for example. Concrete has been used, a material that Romans would have approved of. In modern America, copper has long been the choice, but with the ever-rising cost of copper, that may be finally changing.

Enter stainless steel, an American classic.

More and more, homeowners, businesses, and contractors alike are heading to steel pipe supply companies for their water conveyance needs. Surprisingly, they cite cost, among many other things, as one of their main reasons for changing. Stainless steel pipe prices may not be the same as copper, but as any contractor will tell you, many factors go into the final cost of a product.

First off, steel pipe is lighter than copper, so transporting it is cheaper. The initial savings here may be minimal, but for contractors who make repeated trips to steel pipe supply companies, this means big savings. Contractors will also be quick to note that stainless steel pipe is less likely to be stolen by worksite thieves, who have become a real nuisance to anyone installing copper in the last decade or so.

Home and business owners will also be happy to know that stainless steel pipe prices also lessen over the long term, for many reasons. Stainless steel pipe requires no coating, yet it resists both internal and external corrosion, meaning that it will last longer and require fewer repairs and replacements.

Stainless steel’s sturdiness also means that it can be laid over longer stretches than copper, a benefit of particular interest to owners of larger buildings. Longer pipes mean fewer connections, and fewer connections mean less leaking and less overall maintenance.

Stainless steel also has a lower coefficient of friction, meaning it yields higher water pressure at the point of use and is safer for drinking, with any leaching chemicals well below recommended limits.

And if these cost-reducing and health factors aren’t enough, business and home owners will be happy to know that stainless steel is completely recyclable material. After its use, or if a piece needs to be replaced, the old pipe may be sold to recoup some of its original cost.

Whether stainless steel pipes will begin flooding the market in the years to come is yet to be seen. However, one thing is certain: for copper, the pressure is on.