When Is The Right Time To Replace Plumbing Pipes
Most of us had been found in a situation that problem in the house occurs, and it requires our immediate attention. One of the most common breaks, are definitely those connected with water. But, have no worries, these problems can be solved quite easy, and in addition, costs are rather low, so you don’t need to spend a lot of money. I’ll give you a few tips on how to avoid a disaster connected with water supply installations, so feel free to read on.
If you suspect that there are some leakages in the network of pipes running through your house, first thing to pay attention to, are the numbers. Unusually high bills for water are the first signal that something is not quite right. If you doubt that this is the issue, there is a way to find out. Go to your measurement unit, and write down number at that point. Now, go through whole house, and shut off all water units, such as faucets and other devices that use running water. After a while check on if there are any changes in numbers on the measuring unit. If the number had moved, it means that you have an issue. Though this method won’t work with tiny leakages, it can help on the first hand.
Your pipes should be checked at least once a year thoroughly, yet I recommend three times a year, just to be sure. Pay special attention during winter, for frozen pipes can easily burst and cause severe damage not just to the system, but to the house in general. I have seen many house foundations damaged because of this cause. Walls and furniture are also prone to damage, and if you have a flood in the house, be swift, and get rid of the extra water as quickly as possible, and dry out area also. During spring and autumn there is increased concentration of water within the soil around our house, so care is advised, for it can penetrate within the system, causing health issues.
Closer look is often sufficient to see if there are any problems. If the pipes and joints are dry, then there are no worries, but if you notice a puddle beneath the pipeline, or the joints are wet, action is required. Sometimes replacing old Teflon tape might do the trick, but if the problem is much serious, shut off the main valve and call the plumber. It would be of a great assistance if you could provide the plumber with the information on where the problem is, so it can be solved quickly. In addition, pay attention to the colour of the water running from the tap. If it has any colour than transparent, you should consider changing the pipes. Trouble is if you have plastic pipes, for those can’t become rusty, but in return have much longer lifespan, so you don’t need to worry as much.
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The most dangerous type of malfunctions and issues are those unattended. Sometimes you can’t spot the problem right away, and it can last for a prolonged period of time, before discovered. In my recent conversation with my friend, emergency plumber from Sydney, he told me that people can have difficulties with the pipes for years, before noticing. That is why it is recommended to call a professional help once a year to perform a full examination of your installations, so you can be sure that everything is in top-notch condition. Water heaters are especially dangerous, for the combination of electricity and water can be fatal, so with this issue, always call an expert. Also, one of the archenemies of every pipeline is the calculus, formed out of the minerals and other hard materials found in water. It hampers the free flow of the water, looks quite unpleasing, and in addition, damages and shortens the lifespan of devices using the water, such as washing machine and dishwasher.
With everything said taken into account, the best word of advice is that it is way better to be safe than sorry. You won’t overdo if you check pipes more often than recommended, but rather otherwise, you will benefit more, and more money will be saved in longer terms.
Damian Wolf is a writer and passionate home improvement DIYer. He mostly writes about his personal projects or new findings in home improvement industry.