No pressure here, but you may have a leaky pipe. Then again, you may not. You may have a problem that is caused by a very unusual life form. Since Halloween is only a week away, here is something scary to consider.
Zebra Mussels May Be Blocking Your Pipes
They’re small, less than 1/4th of an inch, they have cousins that people eat in restaurants, and they are one of the worst invasive species. They are zebra mussels, and they are getting to be a big problem in the United States, and they have caused damage even here in Tampa. And if you have them, you may have to call a plumber in to remove a section of your pipes.
Zebra mussels? Scary? How can something so small cause so much angst and worry? Well, all it takes is one zebra mussel to establish itself and it sends a chemical signal to draw other mussels. To make matters worse, zebra mussels also breed prolifically and they cost the US billions of dollars every year both in efforts to eradicate them as well as repairing damage that they have caused.
Where Do Zebra Mussels Come From and Why They’re A Plumbing Problem
Zebra mussels are originally from Russia, and they were introduced everywhere else by accident. They cling to the sides of boats, docks, and will literally attach anywhere that is a surface. They can even stack up on top of each other. Considering that they are a mollusk with a hard shell, you can see how they can block your pipes. There are dozens of pictures of damage that they’ve caused blocking pipes. The backup can literally cause a pipe segment to break. This in turn causes losses from water damage as well as the cost to remove and replace the section of pipe.
If you’re experiencing a loss in water pressure, however, don’t push the panic button. There can be a lot of reasons why your water pressure can be dropping. You may not have zebra mussels at all in other words.
However, you probably don’t want to take that chance. If you’re experiencing a drop in water pressure instead of letting the problem build up to the point that it becomes a major problem, you may want to call a plumber in to fix your pipes, before you’re ankle deep in water.
PUR Plumbing Inc.
7139 Mitchell Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL. 34655