Three Plumbing Problems All South Florida Homeowners Should Know About
Posted on November 24, 2022
Living in Florida comes with a lot of perks – the weather, the beaches, the cultural diversity, and so much more. But did you know there are also some unique plumbing problems that come with living in the Sunshine State? While you might enjoy the sun and the heat, your plumbing doesn’t.
Scaling. Florida’s primary groundwater source comes from the Florida Aquifer System. When the water moves through the aquifer, it picks up sediments and minerals. In South Florida, where the aquifer is deeper, it picks up more than an average amount. Sediment and minerals enter your pipes and lead to scaling. Scaling is when calcium and magnesium deposits build up inside your pipes, restricting water flow and eventually causing them to burst. If you notice your water pressure decreasing or your pipes making strange noises, it could be a sign of scaling.
Corrosion. Pipes corrode over time. That’s just a given. But in Florida, the chlorination process used to remove contaminants from the water supply can actually accelerate the corrosion process. Chlorine is one of the most efficient ways to kill germs and pathogens in our water sources. But it’s also a powerful oxidizing agent harmful to your pipes.
Termites. Yes, termites. These little pests love nothing more than munching on wood. But do you know what attracts them? Leaky pipes, improper drainage, and any other type of moisture. If you have a plumbing problem that extends to your home’s surrounding wood, it may attract a termite infestation.
Prevention is the most effective way to manage plumbing-related problems. Scheduling periodic plumbing inspections to look for signs of scaling and corrosion, and making sure your pipes are properly sealed can go a long way in preventing costly repairs down the road. And if you notice your plumbing acting up, give us a call.
Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.