Top 4 Pipe Issues

CME Sewer Columbus Drain Cleaning OH

Many are caught off guard by a broken or burst pipe, but these kinds of plumbing issues rarely happen overnight. There are a number of reasons behind pipe issues, and here are the top four affecting Ohio and Kentucky neighborhoods:

Pinhole Leaks

Pinhole leaks develop in pipes that are located under slabs, and homeowners may start to notice a humming or whistling sound as the air leaves the pipe. In copper piping, there are 2 reasons pinhole leaks occur- first, acidic water, and second, mixed metals in your plumbing.

Most leaks start forming if there’s an improper backfill or if the installation of the pipes was improper to begin with. Cutting costs will usually yield the barest gauge, and this is the spot where most leakages come from. The copper pipe itself may be made of inferior material, so as water passes it corrodes the surface, accelerating the erosion process.

Cracks

Temperature changes and moisture fluctuation in the environment can contract or expand your pipes, which could result in a crack. Pipe materials such as clay will naturally rot and disintegrate over time. Older homes will need to have their pipes repaired or replaced as they break down due to normal wear and tear. Newer homes are also susceptible to pipe cracks due to over-pressurization, constant exposure to extreme temperatures, or improper installations.

Tree Root Invasion

Roots can extend a great distance from trees in search for nutrients. Shrubs and trees naturally seek out moisture and can be especially drawn to your pipe if there are holes, leaks, and poorly sealed joints. Over time, the roots grow and subsequently invade your pipe, choking it and preventing proper flow in the process. Call our experienced technicians if you notice sinkholes, wet patches in your yard, or unexpected drops in water pressure.

Blockages

Clogs usually can be identified early by noting an unusual gurgling sound whenever you use the toilet. Additionally, if you’re experiencing slow drainage, recurring clogs in and around the bathtub, drains, or the washing machine, then it’s very possible a clog is to blame. If left untreated, a simple clog can become serious and cause major issues. It’s best to call a professional to determine the state of your pipes as soon as you notice a potential clog symptom.

Pinhole leaks can cause as much damage as larger ones, cracked pipes can burst, and backups due to clogged drains can lead to significant property damage. At CME, we use advanced leak detection technology to find the tiniest leaks with accuracy. We use the powerful hydro jetter to clear roots and stubborn blockages, and implement trenchless repairs for a permanent solution to your pipe problems.