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Piping & Fitting
The plumbing system is established through a network of piping and fittings in compliance with the plumbing code and specific building regulations. Pipes supply water to plumbing fixtures and remove waste water away and out of the home, through a sanitary sewer and directly to a sewage facility. Joining together pipes, enabling pipe networks to turn corners and branch out in different directions, as well as reducing or enlarging the actual size of the pipe – are all made possible with fittings.
Common Piping & Fitting Plumbing Problems
Overtime many households and building may experience the following plumbing problems with their piping & fitting:
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Piping & Fitting Plumbing Services
With any piping & fitting problem it is highly recommended to contact certified plumbers for durable repair or replacement. Contact us for the following piping & fitting services, including but not limited to:
- Burst pipe repair and/or replacement
- Pipe location
- Video pipe inspection
- Pipe insulation
- Frozen pipe thawing
Nip in the bud any piping problem before it becomes an expensive plumbing emergency.
Pipe and Fitting Facts
Pipe fitting plumbing work should be tackled by the skilled hands of professional plumbers. Minor plastic pipe fittings can be performed by experienced do it yourselfers with adherence to "How-To" plumbing guides made available by local plumbing companies.
Galvanized steel pipes have been used to carry fresh water, but since 1950s copper has replaced the galvanized water supply lines while plastic has become the popular material from 1970s onwards. Today's water supply pipes are typically composed of copper or plastic coming in diameters of 3 mm, 2 cm or 2.5 cm. Unlike plastic, the bacteriostatic nature of copper plumbing pipes keep water clean as bacteria cannot grow inside the pipe.
Yet copper pipes are susceptible to cold water pitting, erosion and corrosion whereas plastic pipes are affordable to purchase, involve easy installation, and do not corrode. If water tends to clog pipes with deposit buildup, flexible PB or PE pipes are better materials to employ in the water supply line rather than copper.
From copper to steel and plastic, fittings for pipes can be comprised of any material allowed by the plumbing code, provided the material chosen is compatible with:
- base material of the actual pipe
- fluids contained in pipe
- interior and exterior temperatures and pressures of the plumbing system
Burst or leaking pipes require prompt repair to minimize water related damages and reduce unnecessary water wastage. Burst pipes are effectively repaired by removing and replacing the leaking section only. Such pipe repair involves the rejoining of the pipe to its fitting which may prove tricky to unprofessional hands. To avoid escalation of a burst pipe into a costly plumbing emergency it is highly recommended to have your local plumber handle the malfunction from start to finish. On your part, sealing the leak source by wrapping waterproof tape over the hole will effectively damage control the situation until the plumber's arrival. Make sure to wipe dry the pipe before sealing the leaky section together with its fitting.
Avoiding Freezing Pipes
Cold winters can freeze water running in exposed plumbing pipes. Taking up more space than water, ice will eventually split open the pipe and cause leaks and floods. Burst pipes are responsible for thousand of dollars water damage to walls, ceilings, floors and personal belongings. Advanced insulation of pipes running through unheated areas, is your first line of defense against frozen and bursting pipes during the cold months. Functioning like electrical heating blankets, wrapping hot and cold water pipes with electrical heating tape will keep pipes warm.
Freezing Pipe Plumbing Tip: Until plumbers arrive you can provide a temporary plumbing solution to frozen pipes & fittings. Close water supply to the pipe and apply gentle heat to the frozen section without causing thermal water expansion which can burst the pipe. Before thawing the pipe, open several faucets to let out any steam or water. Shut your home's water supply and drain water out of pipes before departing to your winter holiday - and ensure no freezing or bursting pipes while away.
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