Modern plumbing is amazing. One of the best features is that we rarely need to think about it. However, piping will gradually corrode, rust, and decay over time. A failure in the pipe, or at any of the junctures, could lead to an emergency plumbing problem.
A major factor in the stability of your plumbing system is the materials used for your pipes. Lead pipes, used in the early 1900s, have a life expectancy of 100 years. You can definitely expect decay, and lead contaminated drinking water. The team at Fairfield County Emergency Plumbers know that this is a serious health hazard and that is why lead pipes should be removed immediately no matter how old they are.
A beautiful (and expensive) metal might be in your home. Copper is unquestionably the premium choice, simply because it has such a long and proven history. Copper piping has been used for 80 years and many of those original lines are still going strong.
It is not without problems. Copper pipes could have problems if the water is acidic. Plus, copper mining and manufacturing are so environmentally damaging that despite its longevity and recyclability, copper plumbing pipe is nowhere close to a green product.
The stability of copper can diminish if the house has mixed materials. If copper piping has been attached to galvanized pipes, corrosion will occur because of the two different metals touching. A process known as dielectric coupling is required to stop this corrosion from taking place. A professional plumber would know how to do this procedure correctly. If the re-plumbing was done by a non-professional, the dielectric coupling may not have been included.
Galvanized pipe material is common in older homes. Used for water supply piping until the early 1970s, it’s become obsolete because of corrosion problems that limit its lifespan to 50 years at best. The galvanic process means coating an iron pipe with molten zinc to prevent the iron from corroding. As the zinc erodes, the exposed iron begins to rust.
With galvanized piping, corrosion can accumulate inside the pipe, causing gradual narrowing of the diameter of the piping which restricts the flow of water, ultimately causing pipes to leak.
Once thought of as a great water pipe product, polybutylene pipe (PB) was used from the late ’70s into the early ’90s because of its low cost and easy installation. Chlorine, which is found in bleach and other household cleaners, corrodes polybutylene pipes over time. Polybutylene piping breaks down with exposure to water and its dissolved solids, eventually destroying furniture, furnishings, flooring and more.
Another cause of plumbing leaks is poor workmanship. Inadequate repairs that have been made by an average homeowner or a general handyman are a source of concern. Plumbing issues require highly skilled labor; it’s always in your best interest to hire a licensed plumber.
When you have standing water in your home, or you can’t stop the flow, you need to call a plumber now. Fairfield County Plumbers realizes that it is not your fault that you had an after-hours emergency; you shouldn’t have to pay an extra penalty for it. You will simply pay for the products and services needed to repair the problem.
As emergency plumbers we understand the importance of responding quickly because even a few minutes can significantly increase the damage to your home. For more information on keeping your family and possessions safe, contact Fairfield County Plumbers for your emergencies.