Prevention: Simple Ways to Avoid Plumbing Nightmares
Just the thought of having your plumbing fail during the night and waking up to discover that the entire floor of your home has become a swamp of raw sewage and water is frightening. The trouble is, most people just don't take steps to prevent such a nightmare from becoming a reality. However there are some simple rules that will help to prevent disasters before they happen.
|Brown or yellow water indication of corrosion|
The material from which pipes and fixtures are made has a certain life expectancy, although this can be influenced by a number of factors. Regular maintenance and inspection on your Plumbing system can prevent a disaster which will cause major damage to your home and it's contents. Some people tend to take the risk of taking the more expensive way of “wait until disaster strikes” while others choose the most affordable way of “Prevention”
If you are unsure of the condition of your plumbing system in your home, your best option is to call VIP Plumbers to do an inspection on your plumbing system.
Unless you have pH-neutral water, your Plumbing copper pipes can corrode, but the corrosion is much slower than with galvanized pipes.
The NACHI chart gives them from 50 to 70 years some plumbers will argue well over 70. But like galvanized, the conditions determine the lifetime, some areas have very corrosive water
. Also, electrical grounding can speed corrosion, the Catch-22 is that copper water systems must be grounded. While your Plumbing pipes need to be grounded, you should not ground any appliances, such as refrigerators, to your pipes
. And it has been argued that grounding direct current, such as a solar-cell system that charges batteries, could destroy the pipe in short order. Installation issues can also speed up copper tubing corrosion.
A rapid water flow, flux in the pipe from soldering or water turbulence can all remove the protective film inside the pipe and open it up to corrosion. For more details check the link below.
In general it is resistant to most acids bases, salts, aliphatic solutions, oxidants and halogens. They have glued fittings which you connect the pipes with. The solvent-cemented connection in PVC pipe and fittings is the last vital link in a plastic pipe installation. It can mean the success or failure of the system as a whole. Accordingly, it requires the same professional care and attention by you or a Plumber, that are given to other components of your Plumbing system.
|Fittings are also exposed to corrosion|
While PEX pipe's have either got a crimped fitting or a screw-on compression fitting some are simply push on Plumbers also call it (Shark Bite) fitting. PEX can be bent, thus eliminating the need for many fittings at corners.
The NACHI chart PEX, 40 years. But they do not explain the difference, however, PEX fittings include brass or copper and could be subject to the same corrosion issues as copper piping. Like most plastics, both CPVC and PEX deteriorate in ultraviolet light and should not be used outdoors; also like other plastics, they tend to turn brittle over time.
Have Your Plumbing Inspected
Sinks, Bath- tubs, Basins and showers
Here Plumbers can identify hidden leaks and drainage problems while at it, also look for mineral or corrosive spots that can constrict water flow. If left undetected for too long, it sure will end-up in failure of this section, because in Plumbing the one section always need the other section to function well.
It is important to inspect for Cracks, leaks and loose fittings, which can eventually occur over time by pin pointing them at a early stage will reduce the need for more expensive repairs in the future. The inside mechanism of the cistern should also be inspected for worn parts or corrosion to insure a well functioned mechanism, worn or damaged parts must be replaced to prevent wasting water and a to high water bill.