Your Plumbing System
Types of Pipes
Each of the types of pipes has its advatages and disadvantages. Studies have shown that lead pipes can be a health hazard. Galvanized iron is suceptable to mineral buildup and corrosion. Unfortunately, even copper systems have their health drawbacks.
Replacing a Damaged Section of Threaded Pipes
Replacing a section of threaded pipe (pipe that is screwed onto a fitting) is not nearly as difficult as you might imagine thanks to the wide assortment of threaded sections of pipe that are now standard inventory at most hardware stores or home-improvement centers.
Preventing Freezing Water Pipes
The old saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is especially true when it comes to cold temperatures, water, and the pipes that transport it. The following tips reduce the chance of freezing and help keep water running in your pipes all winter long.
Temporary Pipe Leak Fixes
Being prepared to defend your home's plumbing system against a sudden burst pipe can save you thousands of dollars in damage. Think of these quick, easy fixes as plumbing first aid. They slow or stop a leak long enough to enlist the services of a qualified plumber.
Quieting Noisy Water Pipes
Did you ever turn off a faucet only to experience loud thuds and vibrations? This deafening sound is known as a water hammer, and the hammering action that creates the horrible racket is actually capable of damaging joints and connections in the pipe.
Turning Off Your Water Main
If you don't already know where your water main is, read this section, and then go out and find it. Don't wait until an emergency to hunt for it where the consequences could be catastrophic.
The hot water dilemma facing most folks is one of short showers and high utility bills. A bit of preventative maintenance on the water heater can provide hot water longer, result in energy savings, and even extend the life of the water heater.
Softening Your Water
Excessive levels of calcium or magnesium in water cause hard water. Hard water causes buildup in water heaters, produces unsightly water stains in bathtubs and fixtures, and leaves behind soapy film in the shower and on your skin.
If you don't get your water from a municipal water source, it probably comes from a private well. The well usually feeds a pressure tank which, in turn, feeds the water supply lines.