If you’re a homeowner in Calgary, there are many steps you can take to extend the life of your pipes and plumbing fixtures, saving yourself the hassle of dealing with unnecessary plumbing problems. You may need the help of qualified Calgary plumbing services to help you, but some of these preventative measures you can implement yourself. If you take these steps now, you’ll help to maintain a good water flow in your pipes, and lessen the chance of any future emergency plumbing problems from occurring. First however, it’s crucial that you understand how your piping system functions in order to know the cause of your plumbing problems, and be aware of any unusual plumbing issues in your home.
Slab Leaks – A slab leak will generally be cause by holes or cracks in your pipes, a loose pipe connection, are a fully ruptured pipe. Unfortunately this may only be noticeable when enough water leaks and rises up to form puddles on your floor and create damage.
These leaks and cracks can be commonly caused by the chemical composition of your water, which could react poorly with your copper pipes. This constant flow of water through the pipes can have a negative effect over time. Additionally, if your pipes are too small for your required water flow, you’ll see problems emerge sooner than they would have otherwise.
A ruptured pipe may also be cause by a shifting foundation due to ground moisture. Such moisture will cause expansion and contraction of the soil beneath your home, and will cause your foundation and pipes to move. This moving can pull the pipes apart over time, which results in leaks. Unfortunately if a qualified Calgary plumber wasn’t hired to do the job then an improper installation of the pipes in the first place could be the cause of your leaks.
So how do you prevent these plumbing problems? Well qualified Calgary plumbing contractors will tell you to epoxy the inside of your pipes. This epoxy is like a water proof glue when it hardens, and it’s so strong that it will seal to objects together permanently, and when underwater it may seal up holes. So using epoxy on pipes to add strength and extra protection is definitely recommended. The epoxy will prevent direct contact of the water with the copper pipe, and thus prevent any corrosion of the copper, and adding durability.