Leaking pipes can be a headache for property owners and business owners alike. There are two types of water leaks that you can experience; the sudden explosive action of a burst pipe, or the silent slow dripping from a hole in a cracked pipe, which over time can cause an immense about of damage. Both can be dreadful and all leaking pipes need to be assessed and repaired as quickly as possible.
If you experience a burst or leaking pipe, don’t panic and instead take logical steps to stop the problem from getting worse. First, switch off the water supply to the leaking pipeline and then go and look for the source of the leak. Once you find the source it might be useful for you to understand something about the type of pipeline you see, so you are able to explain that to a plumber over the phone if you decide that you need professional help.
Galvanized plumbing pipes are metal and don’t look at all copper in color, so they are easy to distinguish from copper pipes. These are usually found in older houses. Builder no longer use these when they are building new houses. The reason for this is because galvanized pipes eventually rust from the inside. So not only does this cause health issues, but it can be tough to recognize that there is a problem with the pipes until they break and start leaking. You can be certain that if you do have galvanized pipes that they will eventually leak, so it is best for you to determine if you do have these types of pipes and plan on changing them before a problem does arise – if it hasn’t already, and you just haven’t recognized it yet.
There are different types of copper plumbing pipes, and they are used in different types of projects:
- Type L – This type of plumbing pipe can is used for both hot and cold water lines inside the home.
- Type M – This type is thinner than the Type L, and is also use for both hot and cold water lines inside the home.
- DWV – These are the thicker pipes that you see in the drainage and waste system. They are also used in vent systems.
Copper is more pricey than plastic, however most of the times it provides a higher quality and longer enduring plumbing task.
Plastic plumbing pipes are simple to work with, light-weight, and long lasting. Polyethylene is black and authorized for cold water use and Polybutylene plumbing is gray or beige, is flexible and authorized for cold and hot service lines.