During the 26th century BC, a surprisingly advanced sewage system was built by the Indus Valley civilization, one that allowed every house to have its own private well, and even its own flush toilet. Yes, flush toilets – one of the symbols of modern civilization isn’t as modern as you’d think. And, along with the benefits of civilization, the people from the Indus Valley also discovered something else: the costs of broken pipes repair, and the ordeal of finding a good plumber when your house is flooded, and the stress of having to repair structural damage caused by leaking water. And ever since, we’ve all had to deal with such issues.
There are a lot of reasons why pipes break. Some cannot be prevented, such as the usual wear and tear, or faulty materials, or simply the age of the pipes – all objects break down, eventually. In many other cases, accidents can be prevented – for instance, making sure that there’s no water left before the temperatures drop below freezing, or providing adequate insulation.
In any case, broken pipes have to be repaired immediately. Even small leaks can cause massive damage, and, if you fear the plumber’s bill, you should also think that you may end up repainting walls, replacing floors, throwing away carpets and furniture – if you don’t take care of this problem in due time.
It’s quite likely that you will have to deal with faulty pipes at some point in your life – we humans need water, and water flows through pipes, so there’s no avoiding them. Estimates say that 1 in 3 Americans have suffered losses due to water damage, and many more narrowly avoided the losses by identifying the problem in time.
If the issue appears to be minor, many home owners are tempted to undertake the repair works themselves. In most cases, this turns out to be a very bad idea, and only increases the risks and the damage. It takes a lot of experience and practice to deal with such issues, and improper materials or improvised connections will almost always backfire. In addition, you may also forfeit the insurance coverage, if you attempt to do the repairs yourself, instead of calling a professional to handle things properly.
Which brings up another important issue: insurance may, or may not cover broken pipes, depending on the type of policy you have. Reading the fine print is annoying, but lots of people fail to understand exactly what’s covered by their insurer, and end up paying hefty amounts for the repair of broken pipes. Frequently, the insurance policy covers the water damage, but not the actual replacement of the broken pipe. In some cases, the insurer will require proof that you took the proper prevention measures, and insulated the pipes according to the existing standards.
So, you should provide proper maintenance for the pipes, and you should check your insurance policy carefully – and, above all, you should inquire about a good plumber, and keep his contact details at hand. When pipes burst, you don’t have the time to research and ask for references, so having a good and reliable contact is essential.