What You Should Know About Plumbing Pipes

Plumbing Pipes – What You Should Know

Plumbing pipes may not be a subject you’ve been really excited about in the past and you may never become interested. There is just one tiny problem with not knowing anything about your home plumbing pipes – it could cost you thousands of dollars.We specialize in residential plumbing pipe installation, so we know that old broken pipes can be a serious  issue for homeowners.

Don’t let those “knocking” sounds, or difficulties flushing your toilet, or clogged drains go unrepaired. Over time they can really mean serious problems.

In older homes plumbing pipes often require replacement. Shifting home foundations, earth movements, soil acidity, tree roots; all of these can result in problems. The following material discusses various aspects of home plumbing pipes.

The following information, from The Best Plumbing Blog, talks about why you should replace your galvanized pipes. Unfortunately galvanized pipes have several issues and they will wear out over time.  Read the full article here…

What Are Galvanized Pipes?

Galvanized pipes are iron pipes that have been coated in a layer of zinc. They were commonly used in homes until around the 1960s. The problem with these pipes is that over time, the zinc erodes, causing corrosion to build up on the inside walls of the pipes.

Potential Hazards

There are several issues that can arise from galvanized pipes. The first is that the corrosion that builds up can clog the pipes, slowing the flow of water. This may result in low water pressure throughout your home.

The second issue is that galvanized pipes can contaminate your water with lead. When the zinc lining corrodes, it can leech lead and other impurities, impacting your water quality.

A third concern is that, as galvanized pipes deteriorate, they may rust and leak. Since these leaks can start small, they may be able to cause considerable damage before you detect them.

As you can see, galvanized pipes will eventually break down. Many homes in our area were built with with galvanized pipes for the plumbing system. If your home is over 20 years old, we recommend you have complete plumbing inspection. Find out more about our residential plumbing services here.

In the video below, Richard Treethewey of  This Old House gives an explanation of copper pipe that is used in homes. The video goes into short descriptions of various copper pipe terms, uses, and describes why copper pipe is popular in homes. View this video online…

All About Copper Pipe – This Old House

This video is a really good introduction to copper pipe. It is quite versatile and so resistant to the various corrosive elements that it makes great pipe material.

In the following article, Eliot Keefe discusses some of the difficulties with plumbing pipes and ways you can fix them.  We want to point out – a word of caution – always use the proper tools for the job!  Read the full blog here …

Plumbing Pipe Troubleshooting: 3 Common Problems and Their Fix

Even though faucets, sinks, and toilets represent a familiar territory for weekend plumbers, often the problem occurs deep in the piping system. Not only are plumbing pipes hard to reach, but also very difficult to work with. Because these pipes are usually made of hard metal pieces that are joined together using solder, household tools are often ineffective for repairing them. Luckily, over the years plumbers have developed a number of useful techniques to fix the most common plumbing pipe problems. This guide will go through those common problems and their characteristics. Immediately after, it will provide a simple solution.

These three problems plus fixes are great for the home improvement buff. As always, make certain to have the right equipment for the job! As with any tips and tricks the explanation is often easier than the execution. Give us a call if any of these ideas don’t exactly go as planned.

As you can see from this information, your home plumbing pipes are important and can be complex. Before you start any repair or plumbing renovation, call us at 360-773-8039 to set up and appointment so we can estimate the amount of work necessary for your plumbing project.

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