Water & Drainage Pipes
What is a Pipe?
A pipe is also used to drain your home of unwanted or used water. Pipes are a necessity to any house. Pipes can have many things go wrong with them. Sometimes, pipes can be installed incorrectly and over time cause major problems such as leaking due to bad soldering/sealing, loose nuts, and many others. If you are having issues with your pipes, this could be why.
What Can Go Wrong With Pipes?
If your pipes have been correctly installed, then there are still other problems that can occur.
The most common thing is plugging. Plugging can be caused a number of different reasons. It is mostly due to grime, foreign objects, mineral deposits/buildups, or use over time. If this happens, the pipes normally just need a good cleaning. Leaking is also another common mishap. Leaking can be caused by high water pressures, wear and tear, loose nuts, holes, or insufficient sealing. The best thing to do with a leak is to call a professional plumber to find out what can be done to benefit you and fix it. Small leaks can turn into floods. You do not, by any means, want this to happen to you! Houses have been destroyed by leaking turned into flooding. Pipes naturally corrode or erode over time. You want to replace your pipes before this happens. It is recommended you have your pipes checked at least once every few years. Keep tabs on how your pipes are holding up. If you are unsure how good of shape your pipes are in, give us a call. We can help you determine the lifespan left in your pipes.
How Erosion & Corrosion Work
Erosion problems are caused by friction. Water moves through your pipes at high speeds and causes the pipes to sometimes move or tremble. This can then cause the placements in the walls to wear down or the sealing on your pipes to weaken. Also, the pipes themselves wears down due to the friction.
Corrosion is just the simple matter that water is moving through a type of metal. Water chews away at metal and over time it causes the metal to corrode. This is what happens with pipes. Most pipes are made with copper so it takes a long time for this to happen but it can and does happen.