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Broken pipes wreck two bathrooms – Venice Fl – 34292

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

March 1, 2021 – Rytech arrived to find the insured had multiple drain stack leaks in the condo home that had affected their master bath and guest bath. Both bath rooms had wet drywall on the walls and ceiling. The tile shower also required removal in both bathrooms.. The Home Owner Association called for plumbers to fix and replace the broken pipes. Once the source of the water damage was repaired, Rytech removed the affected shower tile, drywall on the walls and ceiling and cleaned with a microbial agent. All moisture was removed wtih Drying units and any thread of mold was completely removed from this leaky pipe incident!

Burst pipes wet multiple rooms in Key West FL 33040

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Feb 25, 2021, a home owner called Rytech – Key West after a pipe broke in the ceiling, causing damage to their ceiling, walls, and floors across multiple rooms. Rytech quickly arrived on site and removed all standing water. Multiple air handling units were installed and all impacted rooms were inspected and tested for Mold. After a complete dry out, the moisture levels in the ceiling, walls and floors were at acceptable dry levels. The water damage claim was filed with the homeowners insurance company , ASI, and the home owner was safe to return to dry, mold free home just a few days after the pipes had burst.

How to Prevent Broken Water Pipes

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Take a few steps to prevent broken water pipes and reduce your chances of expensive water damage and mold contamination, too. The most common cause of catastrophic water inundation isn’t outdoor flooding, it actually originates indoors with your own plumbing. A ruptured residential water supply line can release up to 50 gallons per minute. How many minutes will elapse before you are able to turn off water to the entire house at the main shutoff valve? Worst case scenario: Suppose you’re out of town for a few days when it happens?

Compared to all other alternatives, anything you can do now to prevent broken water pipes is clearly the preferred course.

prevent broken water pipesGet Your Pressure Checked by a Plumber

Water pressure in the main municipal water line is too high for residential plumbing. It’s typically reduced by a regulator valve located at your water meter or where the water supply line enters your house. If the regulator’s defective or improperly adjusted, indoor water pressure may be excessive and cause a ruptured pipe. In most cases, household water pressure should not exceed 65 p.s.i.

Don’t Put up With Leaks

Pinhole leaks, dribbles or seepage from indoor water supply lines, no matter how minor, should never be dismissed as “normal.” In most cases, the leakage you can actually see is only the external indication of major corrosion inside that may cause a total rupture — or a weakening joint that may blow out any day now. Visually inspect all the water supply lines for any signs of dripping or seepage, past or present, and call a plumber now if you see any.

Replace Galvanized Pipes

If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, it may have galvanized steel piping. Over the years, this material internally rusts and corrodes, becoming prone to sudden failure. Galvanized pipe that is 40 years old is at the end of its expected life and should be replaced now with copper or PEX as a preventive measure to avoid flooding.

The water damage professionals at Rytech, Inc. are ready with more advice to prevent broken water pipes.

 

Common Causes of Broken Pipes

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Broken pipes not only cause household damage: they make headlines, too. Recently, we read the story of the Missouri homeowner who was out of town for a brief getaway when a common water supply line inside his house ruptured. He returned to find that his home had been inundated with nearly 45,000 gallons of water in his absence. Broken pipes can inflict severe water damage to structure and valuables, as well as make a house toxic due to mold growth. Most pipe ruptures fall into one of three categories:

broken pipesFreezing

In winter, it’s a major cause of indoor water damage. Anywhere they are contacted by air below 28 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes may freeze and rupture. Pipes in unconditioned areas like crawl spaces and attics are at particular risk. Placing slip-on foam insulating sleeves on accessible pipes helps prevent freezing. So does sealing cracks and openings that allow frigid outside air into crawl spaces or exterior walls where pipes are routed.

Corrosion

While galvanized steel pipes have long been known for corrosion and rupture, copper pipes may internally degrade as well, leading to eventual failure. A major factor in the corrosion of copper pipes is the pH factor of the local municipal water supply. Water with a pH below 7 is acidic and over time corrodes copper piping from the inside out. A red flag is the appearance of pinhole leaks that “weep” small amounts of water. Because they may mask severe internal corrosion and an impending catastrophic pipe rupture, pinhole leaks should never be ignored. Contact a plumber ASAP.

Water Pressure

Water pressure straight from the municipal water supply line would be too high for your household plumbing. Therefore,  a pressure regulator at the meter reduces pressure to a safe level of about 40 to 50 p.s.i. However, if the regulator is defective or out of adjustment, pressure may rise high enough to cause pipe rupture. A plumber can attach a gauge to check the pressure, then check the regulator if necessary.

For more on recognizing and addressing issues that cause broken pipes, contact Rytech, Inc.

7 Scenarios That Can Cause a Water Damage Nightmare in Your Home

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

rainstorm - water damageIf you think your home is exempt from water damage, think again. There are many random catastrophes that can occur at any time, causing serious water damage to your home. Here are seven scenarios that can cause a water damage nightmare in your home.  (more…)