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WATER LINES

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     Types of water pipes

  1.  PVC Pipes:

    • Material: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

    • Advantages: PVC pipes are widely recognized and used for both above-ground and underground water supply. They come in various types, including:

      • Thin-Walled Schedule 40 PVC: Commonly found in standard home improvement stores.

      • Thick-Walled Schedule 80 PVC: Sturdier and more robust.

    • Connection: PVC pipes connect via a process called solvent welding or with threaded, screw-like fittings.

    • Considerations: While some municipalities allow PVC for residential potable water transport, many areas restrict its use to irrigation water delivery systems.

  2. CPVC Pipes:

    • Material: Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC).

    • Advantages: CPVC is a plastic pipe that carries water supply both above and below grade. It withstands greater temperatures and pressures than standard PVC.

    • Usage: CPVC is suitable for both hot and cold water systems. Approval for interior potable water supply varies by local codes.

    • Applications: Frequently utilized in recreational vehicles and manufactured homes.

  3. Copper Pipes:

    • Material: Copper.

    • Advantages: Copper pipes are rigid, resistant to corrosion, and have near universal code approval for various applications.

    • Protection: In soil conditions where copper supply lines may corrode, builders often sheathe the copper pipe within synthetic sleeves.

    • Cost Consideration: Copper pipe tends to be more expensive than plastics like PVC and CPVC due to fluctuations in the metals market.

  4. PEX Tubing:

    • Material: Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX).

    • Advantages: PEX is a flexible plastic water supply line suitable for both buried and above-ground applications. It behaves like a thick, strong hose, capable of stretching around bends and turns without pipe fittings.

    • Durability: PEX withstands chemical damage, high temperatures, and high pressure.

    • Connection: Unlike PVC and CPVC, which connect via glued fittings, PEX connects via threaded, compression fittings.

What are the signs of a water pipe burst ?

When dealing with a burst pipe, follow these steps:

1.  A sudden drop in water pressure can happen for a number of reasons, such as a break in the main line or a water pipe burst. 


2.  An unexplained increase in your water bill. If you notice that your bill is significantly higher than normal, it could be due to a leak in your piping. 
 

3.  if you hear strange noises from your pipes, it could be a sign that they are starting to fail. 


4. The sound of rushing water even when all taps are turned off.

5. The sound of air bubbles escaping from the pipe. 

 

6. A loud banging noise may be caused by the pressure of water trying to escape through the break in the pipe. 

 

7. Pooled water around the foundation of your home.

 

8. Flooding in your basement or crawlspace.

 

9. Seeping cracks in walls or ceiling.

 

10. Visible mold growth.

11. A musty or mildew scent permeates the area.

12. Water spilling out from around your fixtures, such as your ceiling lights, sinks, toilet, or shower.

13. Electricity goes out. 

If you notice that your power has gone out, it is important to check for signs of a water pipe burst before assuming it is just an electrical problem.

 

1. Locate the water shutoff valve.  turn it off water to prevent further damage. If necessary, also shut off the electricity in the affected area.

2. Open a Faucet: After shutting off the main water supply, open a faucet to relieve any remaining water pressure in the pipes.

3. Start Removing Water: Use a mop, buckets, or a shop vacuum to get rid of the water. Quick cleanup reduces the chances of mold growth.

4. Increase Heat: Set up fans to blow heat into cold rooms. Keep the garage door closed. Heat vulnerable pipes (usually in basements, crawl spaces, or near exterior walls) with a hair dryer while leaving the faucet on.

5. Open Doors: If you have exposed pipes inside closets or pantries, leave doors open. Also, open vanity or cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach pipes under sinks.

6.Temporary Fixes

  • Place Rubber over the Leak: Cover the leak with a piece of rubber and use a clamp over the broken pipe.

  • Add a Block of Wood: If needed, add a block of wood before fastening a clamp to prevent pipe collapse.

  • C-Clamp: Seal the leak temporarily using a C-clamp over the rubber and wood block.

7. call a Plumber: Unless you’re comfortable repairing the pipe yourself, 

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