Pipe Problems Explained by Local Plumbing Experts
Pipe repairs can be very expensive, leading to water damage, higher utility bills and costly repairs. Learning about common plumbing pipe repairs from local plumbing experts may help you prevent issues before they occur, or require emergency plumbing repairs.
Pipe leaks are serious business. Even the smallest crack can cause both practical and cosmetic damages if not promptly addressed by a professional. Leaky pipes can happen anywhere, regardless of the age of your plumbing system or the overall condition of your infrastructure. Numerous factors may contribute to a pipe leak, including intrusive roots, damage from persistent blockage, temperature fluctuation, and more. If you have noticed a leaky pipe, or have any reason to believe that your home or business is in need of professional pipe repair, contact your local plumbing experts.
Noisy pipes are relatively common, particularly in older homes. After all, the plumbing s a dynamic system, with water rushing throughout the home under a good deal of pressure, and there is a ton of power in all of that. The pipes don’t have to be noisy, though, and while some noise is just annoying, persistent noise from water pipes can be a sign of a problem that can range from the simple – a worn out washer – to the serious – a blocked pipe that could burst.
One of the chief causes of water-pipe noise is air in the pipes, which can cause the pipes to give off a vibrating sound or even short bursts of banging not unlike a machine gun in a gangster movie. The problem is that air gets trapped in the pipes, especially in high points in the system that can be difficult to eliminate. Air trapped in pipes can be fixed by flushing the line or putting in a p trap (A p-trap is comprised of a tailpiece, the curved trap piece, and a drain elbow).
Air trapped in pipes is often mistaken for another of the chief causes of noisy pipes: banging, or what is known as “water hammer.” This can be a loud bang when a faucet is turned on or off, or a series of bangs lead by a big bang and then “echo bangs.” However, if the bang happens when a faucet or valve is opened, it is most likely air in the pipes. If, on the other hand, if the bang comes when you turn water off or the washing machine or dishwasher changes cycles, then it’s probably water hammer. To fix this your local plumbing experts usually recommend the introduction of air chambers or the installation of water hammer arrestors.
Clogged Toilet Pipes
Too much toilet paper and not enough flushing can easily clog a toilet’s pipes. Of course, flushing foreign objects will create the same problem. If you have very small children, you’ll need to be extra vigilant when they use the facilities. Teach them the proper amount of toilet paper to use and explain to them that they should never flush anything else down the toilet.
Clogs in Kitchen Pipes
Fats are your kitchen pipes’ worst enemy. The curved shape of the pipes under your sink make them especially susceptible to the buildup of fatty materials. Always use strainers in your sinks and make it a rule to never, ever dispose of cooking grease and oils via the drain. No matter how vigilant you are, however, there will always be a certain amount of greasy soapy residue in the pipes: run hot water for five minutes down the drains periodically, and your pipes should be just fine and your sink back-up free. Another problem we see is dumping large amounts of pasta or rice down the sink. Too much can actually absorb water and expand enough to burst your pipes. If you are having trouble with water draining don’t wait, call your local plumbing experts.
If you do have a problem with your pipes, call us. You will be glad you did.
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