TIPS TO REPLACE AND REPAIR PLUMBING UNDER THE HOUSE

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In a house especially of an older age, you face many problems. This may include from electric to brickwork or wooden to plumbing. The problems in conventional houses are more common and also unbearable. These consist of: dripping faucets, leaky pipes, running toilets, low water pressure, leaking hose bib, slow or clogged drains, sump pump failure and many more.

Older homes were plumbed with galvanized steel pipes which do rust over time. When these pipes rust, it is like having clogged arteries. You may notice reduced pressure and rust colored water when valves are first opened. Galvanized water system is normally replaced with PVC or any other latest technology to avoid leaks.

On the drainage side of the home system, cast iron pipes were used for the drain pipes. Often these pipes may look fine, but cast iron drain- lines frequently get rusted from the inside and develop leakage. Upgrading the drainage system can be costly but being unavoidable must be done as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration.

Here are some top tips to easily replace or repair under the house:

Break through concrete slabs  to repair or replace sanitary piping has been an accepted practice in the construction industry for as long as there’s been indoor piping. Repairing or replacing under slab sanitary pipes by removing and replacing concrete begins by accurately locating the pipe and the leaks. Carpeting or other flooring is removed for later re-installation. After the repairs are completed, a hydro test should be performed before covering the work and patching the slab.

A traditional dirt-floor crawlspace with no slab has several disadvantages. The root cause of these disadvantages is moisture in the unconditioned air. In the summer, warm moist air comes in contact with the cool conditioned floor above it and condenses, which can cause mold, wood rot, and attract pests. In the winter, unconditioned air steals heat from the living area, driving up energy bills. Enclosed crawlspaces are usually contained by a solid concrete or masonry foundation wall that extends down to footings just below the frost line. Porous materials such as wood and insulation can absorb a lot of water. A concrete slab will function as a membrane unless the ground under the slab is very wet. A membrane under the slab coupled with a layer of gravel or stone to break capillary action will prevent water from rising to the slab.

There is no single approach to the repairs it really depends on a number of factors, including the cause of the leak, the location and the extent of the damage. In some cases, repairs are not expensive and can be performed in just a few hours. At these places, the pipe could be by-passed to avoid ripping up the slab and large scale excavation. However, other cases may be expensive, especially if there is widespread damage or if the pipe is difficult to access.

There are modern alternatives and the latest solutions that can  be innovative and effectively replace or repair the pipes and other faulty items under your slab without having to excavate through the floor or digging from outside of your property. It’s also much less money to do the trenchless pipe repairs than by digging for pipe replacement.

You need a good plumber repairing or replacing all issues will require the services of a technician because of the types of pipes used, complex networks, unknown designs. Depending on the age of the home, the material may be of different material and manufacturing concerns. It is not easy to DIY or asking to an inexperienced plumber to find and resolve the issues. It definitely needs well-organized and experienced people to satisfy you.

We can help you with the solution to your all kind of issues. We are experienced and know what exactly we are supposed to do to make you comfortable.

 

How bad plumbing can destroy your property

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Proper indoor plumbing is one of the most lucrative factors taken into account when one considers moving into real estate. It is also considered if one intends to invest a hefty amount in this business but if the system is faulty to begin with, you are literally risking throwing all that money down the drain. So here are a few problems which you may or may not be acquainted with.

  • Leaking pipes

These are the most common problems in most modern day places that have indoor facilities. Most if the time, this is the case with the wooden cabinets typically located beneath the basins of taps in kitchens and washrooms. As the water drips from these pipes, it stays stagnant over a specific area which is known as a “mold”. As the water continues to drip, the mold continues to grow in area. The mold can seriously weaken the foundations of these small wooden cabinets and account for the presence of a pungent odor rendering your house, inhospitable. These molds can also act as habitats for germs that can make you ill.

 

  • Clogged drains

These are never a good sign if the water won’t drain in the washroom. This mainly happens when hair, flakes and small random debris gets accumulated in them, thereby obstructing the flow of water. This stagnant water that accumulated can emit a bad odor which can then spread across the house by means of diffusion. The water can also leak into certain corners of the house thereby weakening its structure. The moisture from the water can cause water stains on floorboards and walls. The stagnant water can also act as a breeding medium for mosquitoes, pests and bacteria.

 

  • Running toilets

The running toilets can go on to waste a significant amount of water (about 200 gallons a day). Moreover, it dramatically increases the probability of injury or there have been significant reports of individuals slipping in the washroom due to the floor being wet. This resulted in concussions, injuries and deaths.

  • Rusty pipes

If the water leaks from faucets and drips onto pipes, remaining there for extended periods of time, it may cause the pipes to rust. This will affect the functions of the pipe itself along with the external disfigurement that has to be borne. Also, rusty pipes can emit a nasty smell that will repel a lot of individuals. The pipes may also become weaker and may not be able to carry water at a high pressure. This presents a risk of the pipes collapsing.

 

  • Low water pressure

A growing problem among faucets, many people complain that they aren’t able to use the water efficiently due to its low pressure. The first thing to check is whether the water pressure is low for both hot and cold water. If it is then this would mean that calcium deposits are present in the faucet aerator. This can affect your sanitation habits as the low pressure, means that the water is not being properly projected onto your hands for washing and therefore it may leave some spots untouched.

 

If you have come across any of the aforementioned difficulties, get in touch with a professional plumber and don’t try to fix it yourself unless you are reasonably experienced.