Ten Things You Probably Did Not Know About Plumbing

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1.  They Do make Leak Detectors

Taps, sinks, pipes, and other items may not last forever and may eventually weaken and start leaking. Some property owners and even commercial managers let their pipes stay for long after they have proven to be in disrepair, so eventually installing new ones at some point is essential. Assess the damages that the pipes and sinks have suffered and, if the situation calls of it, replace them with brand new ones. From a business standpoint, it is cheaper to replace old pipes than completely renovating the interior in the aftermath of a water-related accident. JPI Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can inspect your water system and upgrade where necessary. Consider installing the latest systems which can detect leaks in property.

Moreover, keep in mind that the piping infrastructure in the United States is aging rapidly. The average age of most pipes in the country was around 47 years old. The situation is worse in New York and Philadelphia, where the pipes are pushing 70 years old! Call us at JPI Plumbing and Heating, Inc. and have our experienced, licensed plumbers check your system today!


2. Can You Turn It Up?

Water pressure is another plumbing aspect that experts should notice. Typically, in your average household, the water pressure should be under 80 psi.

The situation changes when it comes to bigger structures, such as high-rises or other public buildings.  Buildings which are higher than eight stories require pumps, which transport the H2O into water tanks on the highest floor. This system is designed to ensure that water is distributed equally amongst all floors without sacrificing the level of water pressure.

On the other hand, high water pressure is one of the main causes of water-related accidents in all types of buildings. Moreover, since plumbing and construction technology has advanced, damages caused by flooding are even more expensive to repair.

3. Install a Submeter 

When it comes to large buildings like high-rises, submetering is the most practical approach. A submeter is an intricate system that allows landlords, condominium associations, landlords or other legal entities that manage buildings to charge tenants for individual consumption. 

A study ordered by GE shows that submetering is the most practical approach regarding consumption measurement.


4. An Ounce of Prevention…

As always, taking preventive measures is cheaper than handling the problems right after they occur. One way to prevent any plumbing accidents is to ensure that everything is correctly installed. Loose pipes or improper installation of plumbing traps for urinals are two of the most common causes of damage to the building. That is why regular retightening and check-ups are important to perform.

The same thing applies to toilets. If you are receiving complaints about broken toilets, it is cheaper on the long run to just replace them than doing shoddy patch-up works. 

5. Know Your Appliances

Each sink or toilet has a shut-off valve that allows the water supply to be cut off. Tour your home or business, locate the valves and learn how to turn off the water supply in case toilets burst at night when everyone is sound asleep.

Additionally, determine the location of the main water valve and how to operate it. In case you need to control or cut off the water supply, knowing how to operate it will prevent further damages from occurring. 

6. Seek and learn

Every home or building has turn of valves that are strategically spread around to provide easy access to them. By knowing where these are and for businesses instructing and teaching your staff how to operate the water system, may prevent future accidents, which could be potentially costly. Additionally, as a property manager, identify the limits concerning plumbing repairs your staff can handle and hire outside experts to do the job that you can’t do.

7. Chemicals Cause More Problems that Help

Some property managers purchase chemicals and pour down drains to clean them. It’s important to note that compounds might fix the problem, but at a substantial cost. Chemicals weaken drain pipes and sinks and eventually cause damage. Sewerage lines and underground pipes often rot after exposure to chemicals. Thankfully, JPI Plumbing and Heating, Inc. has been working on new water cleaning technologies for years, so it is safe to assume this scenario might become obsolete sooner rather than later.

8. Consult JPI Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

If the water system is experiencing persistent problems, reach out to the experts. Some think it might be expensive but will indeed save your home or business thousands of dollars in repairs. While training yourself as a homeowner or your staff to repair minor issues might be cheaper in the short term, outsourcing the job to JPI Plumbing & Heating, Inc. could prove to be more profitable on the long run.

9. Stick To The Routine

Check your water lines on a regular basis. Keep an eye on the heater, wet walls, toilet, and the drops from the sink. Routine maintenance will reduce leakages and property damage from spreading further. Do not ignore any water issues, no matter how minor they might seem at a first glance. Small leakages can degenerate into bigger ones, requiring a large overhaul of the plumbing system.

 

10. Do Not pour oil or food particles down the down

Make sure to instruct everyone in your home or your staff, office workers or tenants not to flush any grease into the kitchen sink. Oils and grease can clog the pipes. The cooking oil should be poured into cartons and disposed into the trash. The same thing applies to food waste – potato peels can block the sink and lead to water spillage.

So Keep This In Mind

Maintaining running water system in your house helps handle emergencies when they arise. JPI Plumbing & Heating, Inc can quickly identify and fix leakages issues in your water systems before they expound to become expensive disasters.

We advocate for you the homeowner or business owner to regularly check on vulnerable water points in your house or business. With these ten tips listed above, you will handle plumbing issues and save on costs related to water damage.

And if you are just unsure and want to ensure things are done properly and done right the first time, call the Professionals at JPI Plumbing and Heating, Inc at 718-727-9100.

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