Category Archives: Plumbing

Plumbing Structure And Common Problems

A plumbing system usually refers to a network of pipes and fixtures which regulate the potable water and the waste in a building. The construction of plumbing structures varies from town to town depending on the weather and overall public infrastructure. Areas with extremely low temperature need a plumbing system which can handle the harsh weather and ensure uninterrupted supply of clean water and quick waste removal. A Plumbing structure mainly consists of pipes, fixtures, tanks, heaters and other equipment. Residents have to deal with a variety of issues related to drainage, water supply, and malfunctioning fixtures. Following are some common plumbing issues and their solutions:

Clogged drains

Obstructed drain or pipe is one of the most annoying problems citizens face on daily basis. Drain blockage is a very unpleasant experience and it must be fixed immediately as it causes odor and other health-related issues. Minor blockage can slow down the water flow in pipes. Plumbers employ various techniques and tools to track down and clear the obstruction. Some problems such as blocked sink can be fixed without professional help if you have the required tools and skills.

Leaked pipe

A damaged or leaked pipe is another major issue that should be given due attention. Pipes made of a reliable material such as steel cause fewer leakage problems. However, plastic pipes corrode quickly. Leakage is a serious problem as it can badly affect the entire building structure. Even a minor pipe leak can be dangerous if not given due attention. It can weaken the foundation of a structure. Sometimes leaks are easy to detect and fix without professional assistance. However, hidden leaks are hard to detect and fix without expert plumbing services. Damaged pipes are one of the reasons households experience low water pressure.

Malfunctioning plumbing fixtures

Fixture-related problems include dripping taps, running toilets, leaked water heaters and problems in shut off. Old plumbing fixtures should be replaced in order to get rid of these minor issues. Repairing a fixture can solve the problem for time being. The job of a plumber is to thoroughly examine the fixtures and provide long-lasting solutions.

Installment or replacement of a plumbing system

Plumbing is a highly technical profession. When it comes to the installation of plumbing systems in large buildings, only an experienced company can handle the job The entire system is carefully designed to ensure sustainability. If you are facing perpetual plumbing issues, you either need to replace the entire system or repair some of the fixtures. A professional service can better assist you in this regard. It is always recommended to take swift actions if any of your plumbing components is not working properly. Slow water pressure is one of the signs that pipes installed at your house need professional attention. Delay can further worsen the problem.


Residential Plumbing – Tankless Water Heaters, Pros and Cons

Hot water is one of those things we just take for granted. You turn on the shower and it to be hot, until it isn’t. And then you have absolutely no idea what to do. So, you call the plumber, expecting a minor fix, only to be told that it’s time for a new hot water heater.

While you may opt to purchase the standard conventional storage tank type heater, before rushing to do so, consider purchasing one of the newer tankless water heaters (also known as an instantaneous or demand water heater). Before rushing out to make your purchase, however, consult with your plumber about your specific circumstances to determine if a tankless heater is best for you.

Benefits:

Energy Savings. While a conventional heater with a storage tank heats water continuously (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to maintain a certain temperature, a tankless water heater only heats water when needed (without storage), thus resulting in substantial energy savings.

Constant Supply of Hot Water. Tankless water heaters have an electric or gas heating mechanism activated by the water flow, which, once activated, provide a continuous supply of hot water.

Operational Cost Savings. Due to their increased efficiency, electric tankless water heaters usually cost 10 percent to 20 percent less to operate per year than the comparable tank type heaters, while gas tankless models usually reduce cost by 20 percent to 40 percent per year.

Higher “life expectancy.” Since hot water is not stored, tankless water heaters are able to handle hard water minerals and sediments better than tank type heaters. Thus, they are less subject to corrosion. As a result, the “life expectancy” of a tankless model is approximately 20 years, as opposed to a “life expectancy” of between 10 and 15 years for a model with a tank.

More compact. Unlike conventional storage tank water heaters, which, as a result of their large storage tanks, are bulky and take up space, tankless – especially electric – units are compact in size.

Costs:

Flow rate is limited. While a tankless model can provide unlimited hot water, this is only true as long as it does not exceed its maximum flow rate, with the maximum flow rate at a desired temperature being determined by the capacity of the heater. While gas tankless models typically have larger capacities than electric tankless water heaters, regardless of whether it operates by gas or electricity, where simultaneous, multiple hot water use is common, one tankless heater in a house may not be sufficient to produce enough hot water.

Up front costs are high. Gas and electric tankless units are much more expensive than their storage tank counterparts (except when being compared to the high efficiency storage tank systems). Moreover, installation costs are up to four times higher than tank type heaters. For electric tankless water heaters, additional wiring, multiple electric circuits and/or a heater cable may be required, and for gas tankless models, gas pipes may need to be upgraded and a new ventilation system may need to be installed. When considering whether to purchase a tankless unit, it is important to consult a licensed plumber to determine the scope of work needed.

Longer wait time. Since the tankless heater does not begin to heat water until the tap is turned on, it takes longer for the flow to begin than with a storage tank type heater. As a result, some water may be wasted while the user is waiting for it to heat up.