Noticing a little water on the floor can be cause for great concern. A little water coming from a plumbing leak could lead to all sorts of additional problems. Water dripping under a sink cabinet eventually will ruin all the wood. Fixing the leak should be done right away and done by a professional plumber. And things take on even greater importance when the pipes show serious signs of corrosion.
It probably wouldn’t be a great idea to touch plumbing pipes that are suffering from serious corrosion. Those wondering if they can do a little patch work might find calling a skilled plumber to be a better plan. Here are four reasons why:
1.) Touching Corroded Plumbing Could Cause Havoc
To call corroded pipes potentially havoc-causing is not an exaggeration. As the pipes corrode, they become almost powdery and may slowly turn into a type of metal sawdust. Even touching the plumbing could yield a disastrous result such as creating a much bigger hole. Rather than make things worse and more costly, would it not be best to hire a professional? A fix must not come with the risk of causing further damage.
Also, most homeowners wouldn’t think about touching the pipes while wearing gloves and eyewear. That means they won’t be protecting themselves from harm or possible infection. As bad as damage risks are, health risks are surely worse.
Don’t make any attempts to touch the pipes. Leave the job to those who know how to do so safely.
2.) A Proper Assessment of the Full Damage Is Needed
Sure, anyone can see where an obvious leak in a pipe is. Can anyone tell where other damage may be present? The answer is “probably not.” Not knowing how bad the pipes are or how extensive the damage won’t be helpful. A homeowner has to know how serious the damage is in order to request a proper and full fix. Without an inspection performed by someone who knows what to look for, this won’t likely be possible.
3.) An Opportunity for Discover the Underlying Cause Presents Itself
Corrosion in the pipes might not be discovered due to an obvious leak at the site of the rusted pipe. Maybe a pressure line is leaking upstairs, but a secondary shutoff valve in the basement is horribly corroded. That means the pressurized line can’t be shut off.
How did water corrode the valve? Could there be moisture in the air from another leak somewhere else? Trying to answer these questions in a speculative manner could end up being a disaster. Homeowners positively need to turn over important tasks to skilled plumbers.
While there may only be one problem with the pipes and plumbing, the chance exists there could be other issues present. A plumber might notice something hiding in the plumbing system that really does need to be fixed and done so right away.
4.) A Chance to Install New Pipes
The time may have finally arrived not to just fix a leak or another minor problem. The plumbing might be so old and degraded the best thing to do is replace it. Maybe not all the plumbing needs to be replaced. Perhaps the job could be done by only replacing a few sections of the plumbing at a time. If the bulk of the pipes does not require an immediate replacement, the “start/stop” approach could be a feasible less-costly option.
Waiting too long to fix things usually leads to more damage and more expensive — and extensive — repair work. At the slightest hint of a problem, place a call to a top plumber.