Broken Pipes can be caused by several different situations. Underground piping can break due to settling or shifting soil, damage from earthquake, vibration damage from traffic, damage from someone digging to make construction or landscaping upgrades, rodents can chew through some types of pipe, root growth can break piping and then of course some times materials just wear out or rot. Interior piping can have some of these same situations and some that are more unique to the interior, lets look at those.
Interior piping can be broken by nailing into a wall, by freeze damage when the heater fails or is left off in a cold climate like here on the mountain, settling in the building, earthquake damage, rodent damage, and of course normal wear, rust, and rot.
What most
people don't realize however is that a lot of the things that break could have been avoided and are a direct result of poor quality workmanship.
Throughout the years I have thought at times about how much of my income comes from repairing other peoples work. Weather that is due to lack of experience or laziness I'm not sure, but either way I feel bad for people who have to pay for those mistakes. So me trying to educate homeowners in ways to save money and do things themselves makes other plumbing companies mad sometimes but it is my way of helping people out and giving back to the community. By the way, I feel like
about half of the repairs we see could have been avoided had someone done a better job the first time. So Following I will give you some pointers about some of the common mistakes I see that should have been avoided.
Failing to solder a copper pipe connection correctly may work for a year or two but its not uncommon to have these fail in 3 or 4 years, Preloading is when an installer cuts a pipe to short then just pulls it and connects it to another pipe rather than recutting a proper length pipe. This creates a constant shear load against the pipe that will eventually cause a premature failure. Another common mistake is not supporting pipes at proper intervals, this causes the pipe to be supporting more weight than it was designed for and can lead to premature failure. A real common mistake is failing to debur piping that has been cut. Cutting pipe leaves rough edges that can agitate water as it travels through the pipe causing pin holes to appear just past the cut. Plumbing codes require pipes to have those rough edges completely removed but many people just refuse to do it because the problems don't show up till years later usually.
how can you reduce the likely hood of having to experience a broken pipe? Obviously you can't control what has been done to your home in the past but you can control who works in it going forward. Choose repairmen based on experience, integrity, and licensing. Did you know that Contactor Licenses are assigned in order numerically? The lower the number the longer the licensee has had the license. This is a quick way to weed out all the newbie's. A contractor that has been around a long time will most likely be around to honor his warranty also. When buying a home look for quality workmanship and look in area besides the high visibility areas. Some contractors make the obvious stuff very pretty but cut every corner they can on the things that are less visible. Watch what gets done and ask questions if you see a worker doing one of these things described above. Try to document where the different pipes are in your home and on the property and keep it in a house file so you can get it out when needed. Please call our team of experts right now if you have a broken pipe!

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P.O. Box 247
Lake Arrowhead, Ca. 92352
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P.O. Box 247
Lake Arrowhead, Ca. 92352
(909) 867-7015
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