Broken Pipes and the Damage to Properties
Plumbing in Minneapolis can be sketchy especially after the current ice age winter we are experiencing. Broken pipes not only make a huge mess, but also the damage that they can cause is not always immediately known. Mold is a common visitor after water damage. Broken pipe repair is not just about replacing the pipe that broke and then cleaning up the mess. It is about preventing other damages from occurring. This includes stopping mold before it takes up residence. It also involves preventing dry rot, wood damage, and other structural issues that are related to water damage from occurring.
Mold is a multicellular organism that is much more involved them many of us ever thought it would be. Removing mold from a structure is not a simple task. That is because mold does not just live on the surface where you find it. It becomes part of the surface on which it lives. In cases where mold is established in colonies the danger is not so much from the mold itself, but from the fact that it is consuming your house. Mold also does not need light to survive; therefore, it can live in the most inopportune of places. Beneath floors, in walls, in crawl spaces, in total darkness. You can find mold in deep cracks and empty spaces between floors and in basements. The key to dealing with mold is to eliminate moisture. That is why a broken pipe can be for more involved than just repairing the pipe. The cost of removing mold can be expensive. It is better to treat the problem before it becomes a major clean up event. Prevention is worth more than just a pound of cure. It is worth a small fortune that many homeowners would rather spend on home improvements rather then mold remediation.
Tips for preventing broken pipes:
Pipe insulation is cheap and easy to install. The foam pipe insulation helps to prevent pipes from freezing and breaking during extremely cold weather.
Making sure that in-ground pipes and irrigation pipes are buried deep enough to avoid freezing.
- Repair leaks immediately. Mold loves moisture and the air is naturally full of mold spores. It does not take very much moisture to start a mold colony.
- Don't let a slow leak create a moisture problem that leads to mold or wood damage. A leaking pipe is a broken pipe just waiting to happen.
Fun Fact: According to the United States Geological Society, it only takes 15,140 drops to fill up a gallon container. A leaky pipe can fill up a gallon container in as little as an hour. 1 leaking pipe that drips 1 drop per minute will drip 34 gallons of water in a year. That is a lot of water. Once that water begins to soak into the wood, drip down cracks into crawl spaces, or absorb into sheetrock the race to prevent mold and water damage is pretty much over. Once wood is saturated mold can appear within 72 hours. With fiberboard and plywood, water damage usually means replacing the wet wood due to swelling. Sheetrock is also another problem that once is it wet it usually needs to be replaced. Check your pipes often to make sure they are not leaking.
Emergency Broken Pipe Repair:
Every broken pipe is an emergency. Besides the fact that these kinds of things always happen on a Friday at 7 pm right before a holiday, a broken pipe usually means shutting off the water to the house. No toilet, no sink, no washer, and all that water to clean up too. We've been there. In fact, we have been all over Minneapolis to see the damage that broken water pipes can make. We provide services for plumbing in Minneapolis and the surrounding communities. For plumbing in Minneapolis, call our expert team of professional and bonded plumbers today!
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