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Informative Tips for Anyone Seeking Knowledge about Plumbing

The passage of time and daily tasks in a home cause accidents to occur, breakdowns, or deterioration of certain electrical appliances. When this happens, the help of professionals is required to carry out certain repairs plumbing way that they deem appropriate.

In this article, we have gathered different questions related to services focused on the installation of plumbing in the home.

What exactly are plumbing fixtures?

Plumbing facilities deal with the supply and supply of drinking water in any building in which people live. In cities and developed civilizations, buildings are connected to the urban supply network to provide water to the house. Thus, urban supply networks obtain water from dams, rivers, springs, or wells that later require a purification process. The water is distributed through a branched network of pipes to reach each building.

Common problems in home plumbing installations

Dripping in the taps

It is very common that, with time, the materials of the faucets weaken. This produces small cracks in the joints that lose small and annoying amounts of water. This in the long run causes a high cost in the bills and very counterproductive for the environment.

Before doing anything else, we recommend stopping the leak by closing the stopcocks at the bottom of the tap. Once this is done, the tap should be left open to finish emptying the water from inside.

Problems produced by lime in plumbing installations

Plumbing and heating supplies in homes suffer from many problems and inconveniences caused by a build-up of limescale. These problems usually appear in areas where the water has a high level of lime and causes changes in the shower taps as the water does not flow evenly.

You have probably read about different chemicals to combat all these lime problems. However, if these products are not used properly, they can end up damaging the pipes and taps, to the point of having to change them.

Blockage in the pipes

Blockages in the pipes of showers, sinks, or sinks are common problems in any type of home since it is essential to comply with a series of maintenance guidelines that are not normally carried out, such as placing a grate in the drain to prevent debris from leaking or perform regular cleaning.

Some many homemade products and tricks promise to unclog pipes, but they are usually not powerful enough to fix this problem in a home plumbing.

In this sense, we advise contacting a professional plumber, who will assess the problem and propose different methods and solutions.

Problems with cisterns that leak water in plumbing installations

Considered one of the most common problems and the biggest headache for clients. Like taps, when a cistern loses water, it causes it to be wasted in large quantities. Why is this happening? Most of the time it is due to the button of the cistern or some internal element of the same. If the problem is persistent, the best solution is to entrust the work to a specialist.

In case you need a professional, when the cistern is fixed, they decide to make changes in it, some of the most frequent are the following:

·        Place an ecological system to save water in the cistern

 It consists of adding a double button to the cistern, it is one of the simplest plumbing installations. It consists of turning off the water, removing the lid of the cistern, and unscrewing the button. Then empty the water container and disconnect the pipe that carries water from the cistern, extract the mechanism, and fit the new one.

·        Replace the float in the tank

These types of breakdowns are usually quite uncomfortable, sometimes it is enough to simply straighten the rod that holds the float. To change it, the float is accessed through the tank cover, replace the float with a new one and, before placing the cover, check that it cuts the water correctly.

Type of plumbing pipes

 Stainless Steel Pipes

Probably the most expensive pipes and least used, as well as being difficult to find. They are used in marine facilities and equipment and construction near the sea. Thanks to its high resistance to saltwater corrosion.

 Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized pipes are frequently used to carry water to and from homes. The galvanized material prevents oxidation and increases its resistance. They are commonly seen in the general pipes of communities or inlets of water to houses.

Today, they have been almost completely displaced by PEX tubing that is just as strong and durable, but cheaper.

Copper pipes

The copper pipes are most frequently seen at home, although they are more expensive than plastic. Copper is a metal with high corrosion resistance and withstands very high temperatures without any problem.

Copper tubing is or usually is, available in three sizes: M, L, and K. Size M is the smallest diameter, L is medium, and K is the thickest.

Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipes

They are increasingly popular, although their history dates back to the 1920s. It has the same characteristics as CPVC pipes, but they can withstand higher temperatures and therefore are often used in boilers or water heating systems.

The pipes PEX have a creamy white color, although colored in red and blue to denote the hot and cold water.

PVC pipes

They are used mainly for the transport of water under high pressure. They are available in different diameters for plumbing and construction.

The PVC pipes are not used if needed to carry hot water because water can deform the pipe and even cause a melt of the whole. Most PVC pipes are gray or white. These are the types of pipes for drinking water that we can most often find in plumbing installations when we perform unblocking or inspections of pipes.

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