Pipes are conduits used to transport fluid. Now that fluid can be water, wastewater, effluent, or purified water and in industries, it can be one of the products. So, life of pipe is obviously dependent upon the type of fluid it is carrying, the stuff which it is made up of as well as its maintenance.
Life of Pipes is dependent Upon-
- 1. What kind of pipes do you have?
Before you can try to extend the life of your pipes, you need to know what they are made of. There are different types of pipes, each with a slightly different lifespan. The most common types of residential tubing include: PVC
- 2. Tubing-These lightweight polyvinyl chloride tubing are inexpensive and easy to process. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), PVC sewer pipes can last between 50 and 80 years.
- 3. PEX pipes. Networked polyethylene pipes are used as supply lines, which are color-coded for hot and cold water. According to InterNACHI, these flexible pipes can last up to 40 years.
- 4. Copper pipes-Copper pipes are expensive but durable and can withstand high pressures. According to InterNACHI, these pipes can last 70 to 100 years.
- 5. Cast iron pipes-These pipes, which are usually found in older homes are strong and can last for half a century, according to InterNACHI.
In addition to these popular types of pipes, your home may have black ABS pipes. These look and have a lifespan similar to PVC pipes. Now that you know what type of plumbingyou have, read on to learn more about how you can extend the life of your plumbing system.
What is your water pressure?
The higher the water pressure, the more likely the pipes will wear out. While low pressure can indicate a problem, such as clogged pipes, too much high pressure can cause serious damage. The key is to set your pressure in the mid-range. This gives you enough pressure to shower, wash dishes, wash clothes, and do whatever else you need to do, but it doesn't cause premature wear and tear.
Excessive pressure can erode pipes from the inside and damage connections. Normal residential water pressure typically falls between 40 and 80 psi. If you are unsure whether the pressure in your home is too high, too low, or just the right thing to do, contact a plumber for an inspection.
Are the pipes leaking?
A little drop doesn't seem like a big deal. But over time, something that seems small can turn into a big problem with the termination of the pipe. Check for leaks in exposed pipes. This includes pipes in open basements and attics, under sinks, or behind the toilet
Do you use chemical drain cleaners?
Clogs can irritate and annoy any owner. While a backup can cause major plumbing problems, chemical drain cleaners are not the solution to this problem. A chemical drain cleaner can do what the name suggests and clean the drain, but it can also corrode the pipe lining. This type of chemical corrosion can cause premature wear and permanent damage to your pipes.
Who cleans the pipes in your house?
If you can't use a chemical drain cleaner, should you leave the clogged pipes as it is? While chemicals can shorten the life of your pipes, not responding to a backup can also lead to premature replacement. Before pouring drain cleaner down pipes or trying any other home improvement, call a plumber. Professional pipe cleaning will keep pipes clear and can extend the life of your home plumbing system.
How RO can help in increasing life of pipe?
We hear a lot about the various pollutants and pollutants in our water and we learn about the negative effects they can have on our health. We can also see the large accumulation of minerals in our bathtubs and sinks. Imagine what some of this debris does to the pipes that carry water to and from our taps. These minerals, such as iron and manganese, build up in pipes, pressure vessels, water heaters, and water softeners, reducing the amount available and the pressure of the water supply. Iron and manganese buildup can also damagewhole pipeline.
First, those who have hard water are more likely to have problems with their water pipes. Because hard water means that the water contains more minerals. As mentioned above, iron is an element that can wreak havoc on pipes and equipment. This will not only damage the orange ring on the sink, but also faucets and pipes that carry iron water, can damage and clog. In fact, household appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers can also be shortened due to the harmful effects of iron build-up. Again there is this economic factor. There are iron filters that can prevent the pipes from being damaged, prevent clogging, and get rid of the ring forever!
Calcium and magnesium are two other minerals that easily adhere to surfaces due to their bonds with water molecules. These can build up in the pipes, which can lead to heating problems. It can slow down heat transfer, which can make the system work harder, and even increase your fuel bill by 30%. Sometimes the culprit is slightly acidic water, as well as high amounts of dissolved minerals, carbon dioxide, chloride and sulphate. The latter can cause corrosion in the pipes.
Water softeners are also used to remove some of these minerals, as well as for chlorination and oxidation. With a reverse osmosis filter to remove these minerals or a water softener, there are more additional benefits than just getting rid of the headaches of clogged pipes, clothing will be lighter and whiter, skin will be more radiant and moister, hair will be healthy, and there will be no dwelling on dishes! The cost of purchasing a filter system is nothing more than installing new pipes and new equipment.