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Home owners protect their homes from natural disasters like floods and fires. Some people take out coverages for appliances, others even carry health insurance for their domestic animals. But very few people protect themselves from expensive water line and sewer line obstructions and home plumbing emergencies.

Many homeowners suffer issues with their water and sewer lines- the pipes that go from their property line to their home.  A few more people will have to resolve home plumbing issues. According to a plumbing expert at Heat Quick Direct, “A lot of people are ignorant of the main reasons behind water problems outside and within the home.”

The following are 6 questions every home owner should know, if they must protect themselves from stress, heartache and possibly expensive costs of water line, sewer-line and in-home plumbing situations.

1.     How old are your pipes?
A large number of the country’s water pipes were installed in the last century and could be in need of serious repair. Knowing the age of your pipes will help you determine their need for repair. So before you move into a new home or buy one, you may want to consider asking the previous homeowner about the age of the water pipes.
Old water pipes not only pose risk of damage or leaks but could also be channels for contamination and other health issues.

2.     Are there Mature trees near your water service line?
Obtrusive tree roots often ‘follow’ and interfere with service lines. Roots grow with pipes because they provide necessary elements the trees need to sprout such as nutrients, oxygen, and water. When tree roots penetrate pipes, they can result in clogs and blockages that become major problems in need of repair.

3.      Do you have clay soil?
Poor soil conditions like low soil resistance and high levels of chloride can cause outward corrosion of pipes. This can lead to leaks and contamination. In a report by NACE International, the world’s professional body for the corrosion control industry, sandy soil poses the least threat for corrosion, while clay soil is highly corrosive to pipes. Corrosive soil can attack your pipes quickly and over time damage them severely. This means that the effect is not felt until much later.

4.     Do you know the warning signs?

Many times, it is the seemingly innocuous little things homeowners fail to see that may cause a water problem. Something as common as a family cooking regularly in the kitchen can lead to accumulation of oil and food disposals over time in the drainage pipes and sewers. A sporadically flowing faucet can be a sign that a water line is leaking somewhere, while a clogged toilet is evidence of a clogged sewer. All these signs indicate the need for an immediate fix otherwise they could become huge problems later.

5.     Do you live in an area prone to sudden season changes?
Sudden contractions from hot to cold and vice versa can affect pipelines causing them to crack. Waterlines are susceptible to temperature changes. Something as little as a 10-degree change in temperature can increase the pressure on water mains and service lines, increasing their risk of damage. Pipes can get brittle when water temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You will find it helpful to know the effect of sharp temperature changes in your area.

6.     What are your pipes made of?
Many homeowners are blissfully ignorant of what was used to make their pipes. If your building is old, chances are that your pipes were made using standard materials at the time, such as steel or tile, which are more vulnerable to deterioration. You want to ensure that your pipes are made with safe PE pipes or PVC and adhere to global plumbing regulations.

It is important to have these answers in mind so you can make informed decisions about your plumbing system. One sure way is to work with a qualified plumber who can verify the safety conditions of your water pipes to save you stress and needless costs.