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Noisy Pipes

Pipe noises range from loud hammering sounds to high-pitched squeaks. The causes may be loose pipes, water logged air chambers, or water pressure that’s too high. Anchoring exposed pipes is a simple solution but may only solve the problem temporarily. Let one of our trained professionals give you a free no obligation estimate to ensure a permanent remedy to this situation.

Banging

Pipes are usually anchored with pipe straps every 6 to 8 feet for horizontal runs, 8 to 10 feet for vertical. If your pipes bang when you turn on the water, you may need to add straps, cushion the pipes with a rubber blanket, or both. Contact us for a free estimate and determine once and for all if that banging sound can be eliminated buy our professionals for an extremely affordable price.

 

Squeaking

Only hot water pipes squeak. As the pipe expands, it moves in its strap, and friction causes the squeak. One of our trained professionals can come to your home and give you a free consultation ensuring that you know the best and most affordable solution for your plumbing problem.

Water Hammer

This noise occurs when you turn off the water at a faucet or an appliance quickly. The water flowing through the pipes slams to a stop, causing a hammering noise. This too can be dealt with by our staff.

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Maximizing The Hot Water In Your Home

Water heaters have needs too! A simple and inexpensive maintenance program can lengthen the life of your water heater and practically eliminate the need to replace it. Below are some tips to help get the most from your water heater.

Use an insulation blanket to make a water heater more energy-efficient.

  • Regularly clean your water heater. This means cleaning all of the major components of the water heater; the enclosure, the water tank assembly, and the burner and control assembly.
  • Inspect the condition of the anode rod in order to prevent leaks from developing. If it is worn down you will need to replace it. You can get a new from a plumbing supply company.
  • The burner assembly should be cleaned at least once a year, but more frequent care is better. Simply brush away cobwebs, dust and remove other debris that builds up.
  • Flush the tank regularly to remove built up sediment.
  • Frequently check your water heater for leaks. It’s important to check the pipe connections, the valves and underneath the unit.
  • Test the temperature/pressure relief valve once a year to make sure it’s working.
  • Protect the floor under the water heater from water damage by painting the area with a water sealant. Also, you can install a specially designed drip pan under the water heater to catch extra water. These pans are available at most building supply stores for about $10. Keep in mind, the pan you select must have a drain out the bottom.

Pipes and Fittings

Plumbing pipes and fittings are made out of PVC, CPVC, Copper, Steel or Brass. It is important to know what kind of pipes and fittings you currently have so that components are replaced with the right material. For example, if you have copper pipes and copper fittings, do not replace the fittings with PVC – use brass. Brass is similar to copper and will be able to handle water pressure in the same manner. Likewise, if you have PVC pipes and fittings, do not replace a cracked pipe with steel – the difference in thickness and rigidity could cause more problems later on.

If you want to replace all of your pipes and fittings, keep in mind that the new ones must be able to handle the water temperature and pressure of your building. One type of pipe that is no longer acceptable is made from wood pulp and pitch. Named for the town in which it was manufactured, Orangeburg Pipe was seen as a low cost alternative to metal pipes. Overtime, Orangeburg pipes were proven to break down and/or burst and eventually replaced in the market by PVC which are similarly prone to deformation and must be bedded to fortify their structure.


 

  
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