You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Clinton-until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
When undergoing any home improvement project there are safety issues that come into play. Potential hazards can be electrical in nature, and could cause serious injuries including burns and death. Although common sense should prevail, it doesn't always. Making sure you're aware of any potential electrical safety hazards should be the first part of any procedure, including plumbing. Sacramento residents should understand the possibility of electrical danger if they choose to perform their own plumbing projects.
Shut The Electricity Off
Never assume the electricity to a piece of equipment has been shut off. Before you attempt to service anything that has an electrical component to it, disconnect it from the power supply feeding it. This could mean either unplugging it or shutting the power off at the source such as an electrical panel that uses either fuses or circuit breakers. If you do need to shut the power supply off at the panel box, be sure to put some type of warning on the box indicating that you have intentionally shut down the circuit.
Test The System
Once the power supply has been cut off, test the circuit to be sure there is no power going to it. The easiest way to do this is to attempt to turn on the piece of plumbing equipment you are about to work on. If it doesn't turn on, then you can be confident that you have successfully cut off the power, and it is safe to begin plumbing. Sacramento residents and business owners need to always take this precaution when working on any system that is electrically charged.
New Technology in Plumbing
Plumbing systems have been used for thousands of years to provide drinking water and remove water-borne wastes from buildings. In fact, "plumber" is derived from the latin word "plumbum," meaning lead. Beginning with the Romans, lead was the material of choice for plumbing pipes because it was soft and easy to fabricate. Some older cities, such as Boston, still have much lead plumbing. So residents with lead plumbing are advised to let water flow briefly to dispel any lead that has leached into the water.
New plumbing installations use copper or various kinds of plastic piping.
Clogged drains are perhaps the most common plumbing problem. Clogged toilets can be caused by the buildup of calcium deposits inside the toilet bowl. Quite often a child has flushed a toy or other object down the toilet, which is restricting the flow. If the clog cannot be relieved with a rubber toilet plunger, a plumber may need to be called.
The heater may have developed a leak, which extinguished the pilot light. A leak also means the basement could be flooded, if the leak suddenly worsens.
A tapping noise or vibration, which is heard when the hot water is running, may be water hammer. It is caused when long runs of pipes are not fastened securely. A rumbling sound in the water heater may indicate the bottom electric heating element is covered by a sludge deposit in the bottom of the tank.
If the homeowner cannot correct the problem with common-sense solutions, it is time to call a reputable plumber.
Every homeowner should develop a working relationship with a reliable plumber, one who will give 24/7 emergency service. Plumbing emergencies seem to happen at night or on the weekend. Few things paralyze a busy household like a plumbing emergency.
Common Plumbing Problems and Causes