5 Plumbing Facts

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Your plumbing system plays an important role in maintaining your home in habitable condition. It removes wastewater from your property and brings fresh water in. A malfunctioning plumbing system can bring life to a standstill. Homeowners should make a conscious effort to understand their plumbing systems.

Here are some interesting facts about plumbing.

A Leaky Faucet Can Waste Tons of Water

Ignoring a leaky faucet can prove to be a costly mistake. In addition to emitting annoying noises, a leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water every year, causing your water bill to skyrocket. If you ignore the problem, you may end up with water damage. To reduce the environmental impact of a leaky faucet, have your plumber fix it immediately.

Copper Pipes Can Corrode and Fail

Many people believe that copper pipes are corrosion-proof. This is not true. Copper is corrosion-resistant, not corrosion-proof. Copper pipes usually last longer than many other metals such as iron, lead, and galvanized steel.

Chemical reactions that occur inside copper pipes lead to a type of corrosion known as formicary corrosion, which eats at pipes, creating small pinhole leaks. These leaks are hard to detect. Have a plumber near you in Petaluma check your pipes for leaks once every year.

Water Hammer Can Cause Pipelines to Break

Water hammering usually occurs in high-pressure water systems when air cushions inside the pipes are lost. This phenomenon usually happens when a tap or valve closes suddenly.

The pressure that builds up inside the system as a result of the shock wave that is created when the water is suddenly stopped from moving can damage your plumbing.

If you hear weird noises coming from your walls, have a plumber inspect your plumbing. The professional might add air traps or strand pipes as dampers to absorb the pressure exerted by the moving water.

Solid Waste is not Flushable

Many homeowners commit the cardinal sin of flushing solid wastes such as cat litter, grease, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, and dental floss down their toilets.

These wastes do not dissolve easily and can lie in your plumbing system for weeks, clogging your pipes and eventually causing water to back up in your home.

Toilet Flushing Accounts for Almost 40 Percent of Indoor Water Use

Yes, you read that right! Your toilet, not your shower uses the most water in your home. Some old toilets use up to five gallons per flush. If you have an old toilet, ditch it for a new low-flow model. Many low-flow models use as little as 1.5 gallons of water per flush.

Whether you have a leaky faucet or a clogged sewer, John Owens Services can help. We are your go-to team for plumbing repairs, installation, and maintenance. Our experts have the skills required to restore damaged plumbing. To schedule a plumbing inspection, call 707-452-3464.

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(415) 942-6565
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