Top 10 damage causing items in your homes systems.Just like your car your home needs regular maintenance. As a plumber for the past 16 years I have seen the same items over and over cause expensive damage in people's homes. Damage that could have been prevented had our warnings been taken seriously. So here is a list of the most common causes of damage in homes along the Grand Strand:
- Burst water heaters over 8 years old. - Typically in an attic or inside closet. There is NO plumber that can look at a water heater and tell you the condition of it. The only way to gauge the likelihood of a leak is buy its age. The serial number reveals the heater's age.
- Washing machine hoses - Typically black hoses. Spend the extra money and buy the stainless steel burst proof hoses.
- Wax seals under toilets damaging floors and ceilings below- There is no way to tell if one is "about to leak" so if you can't remember the last time they were changed or if it has been over 3 years it would be wise to change them.
- Copper dishwasher and ice-maker supplies - These copper supplies are easily kinked and develop pinholes over time. While you may have other copper pipes in the house these are the easiest to change BEFORE there is a problem.
- Outdoor spigots - They burst in the winter time because they are not covered or the galvanized pipe that it is attached to corrodes.
- Putty and seals on your shower and tub drains - Typically sealed with plumber's putty. The plumber's putty dries out and cracks and is no longer able to seal against leaks.
- Air Condition condensate drain - This drain needs to be cleared out every season. When it is not cleared out the pan in your attic overflows and a damaged ceiling is the result. The best time to have this done is 2 weeks prior to starting up the AC in the spring.
- Pipe flashing on the roof - Your plumbing system has vents and they are sealed with a plastic flashing called a "roof boot". Over time this flashing cracks and shrinks leaving it open to rainfall. These should be inspected every 8 years.
- Dryer Vents - One of the leading causes of residential fires is dryer vents with too much lint in them getting clogged and igniting. These should be cleaned 2 times per year.
- Dishwashers - Dishwashers can cause a lot of damage because the connections made to them are typically hidden. These connections should be inspected annually by removing the bottom kick plate and inspecting the bottom with a flashlight. If you are unsure about any of the items listed feel free to give us a call at