At first glance, older homes appear to be sturdy and durable. However, the internal system behind these homes may be on the verge of collapsing. This is because the lifespan of cast iron pipes has ended, causing wear and tear in the form of cracks and holes. Moreover, water quality, climate changes, and soil factors have further limited the lives of these pipes.
If your yard contains too many large trees, then this is something that you have to be more vigilant about it. If you have cast-iron pipes in your plumbing system, go through the following, and check whether or not you have to replace them.
Other than a few ventilation stacks, make sure that your sewer infrastructure is airtight to effectively manage it. After cast iron pipes begin to degrade, they show signs of cracks. Therefore, ask JCN Plumbing to replace them with modern pipes.
A Pipe Leak
Leaks are common in American homes. Sometimes, these pipes get damage when they come into contact with sulfuric acid. This means that DIY solutions are not going to work. Therefore, save your time and have a plumber replace your pipes. Call JCN Plumbing for a Free Estimate for the repairs.
Cast iron pipes often derail draining in toilets and create the accumulation of sewage backups. You may try to fix it with some draining chemical products, but at times, these solutions do not work because they contain sulfuric acid, which will eventually destroy the cast iron pipes. Rather than depending on such products, you should call JCN Plumbing, your emergency plumber in Miami Dade.
Growth of Mold
Mold is harmful to your family’s health, especially for those who are affected by asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues. If you get a leak in your iron pipe, it can become the source of that water and trigger the mold production in your home. Some types of mold need only a slight intervention of water to grow steadily. In this case, calling a professional would be your best option.
Damaged Structural Foundations
If there are cracks or holes in your home foundations such as walls, it is perhaps the most dangerous and potentially expensive sign. It is possible that cast iron pipes inflicted this damage. When water leaks go unnoticed, with the passage of time, they can threaten the very foundations of your home.
Sudden Green Patches
Pipe leaks force the sewage to let out from your home. Consequently, this sewage can become your lawn’s fertilizer and enhance the growth of plants and trees. Therefore, if you get to see sudden green patches, first consult your family. Inquire if anyone started taking interest in gardening. If no one comes forward, then this means that there is a possibility of a leak.
At JCN Plumbing we always recommend having all the pipes replaced with PVC as a better alternative because PVC pipes have clear environmental advantages over traditional materials. As PVC is a low-carbon plastic, PVC pipes require less energy and fewer resources to manufacture. Due to their low weight, less energy is used when transported. PVC pipes last long with a minimum of maintenance and they are easily recyclable.
If you find any of the above-mentioned occurrences with cast iron pipes in your home, ask JCN Plumbing to come and replace them. We are licensed and insured. One of our experts will visit your property for a Free Estimate.
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