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How To Prolong Your Pipe’s Service Life

Helpful Tips To Improve The Longevity Of Your Pipes

Water flows through the pipes in homes constantly. Every time water is required for washing hands, brushing teeth, taking baths, or using the toilet, the wastewater is drained away through the pipe. This flow of water will affect the pipes and the inner surface can get eroded. Hence over a period of time, the walls of the pipe will become thinner. They may also start leaking in some cases, and in some severe cases, the pipe may burst.

Replacing the pipes is time-consuming and expensive, but at My Plumbing Redmond, we’ve found that many homeowners would be more likely to know how to prolong the lives of their pipes.

Here are some tips to prolong your pipes.

Regulate Water Pressure

If the water pressure is set higher than what the pipes are rated at, it will erode the pipe and the pipe fittings quicker, resulting in leaks. So it is advisable to regulate the water pressure so that it’s at the correct pressure. Ideally, the water pressure should remain below 85 psi. If necessary, a pressure gauge can be installed on the water pipes for monitoring the water pressure.

Avoid Flushing Items in the Toilet

The toilet is designed mainly for flushing human waste, it should not be used for flushing wipes and other items. If these large items are flushed in the toilet, they will choke the pipes, increasing the pressure in the pipe. This can cause pipe leaks, pipe bursts, or the water level in the toilet will increase. So it is advisable to reduce the paper and other items flushed in the toilet. Instead, throw away all non-flushable trash in a separate bin.

Fix Slow Draining Problems

Ideally, water should get drained quickly. If it does not, it indicates that the pipes are blocked. This increases the water pressure leading to leaks, and pipe damage. So if the water is draining slowly, the cause of the problem should be identified and fixed immediately so as to avoid further pipe damage and possible pipe bursts.

Avoid Using Chemical Cleaners

Though chemical drain cleaners are a very convenient way to clean the clogged drains and sinks, users should be aware that they will also act on the pipe walls. These drain cleaners are often acidic and they can corrode the inner walls of the pipes of different materials. So though it may be necessary to use these chemical cleaners in an emergency, their use should be minimized to the extent possible.

Clean the pipe regularly

Over a period of time, dirt and debris will accumulate in the pipes, especially on the pipe walls. This will reduce the diameter of the pipe for water flow and increase the pressure on the walls. This will erode the walls and reduce their life to some extent or cause leaks. So homeowners should get their pipes cleaned every year, to remove all the debris that may be accumulated on the walls.

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