Plumbing Blog

Do You Have Clogged Pipes?

Part of remodel planning for any room in your home that has pipes and faucets is to determine whether you have clogged pipes that need to be cleaned or replaced. Pipes can collect mineral build-up or rust over time. In some cases, this corrosion or mineral build-up can reduce the interior size of the pipe by half, restricting water flow. If this is the case, you probably should replace these pipes as part of your remodeling project. It will cost less to do all of the needed work on a room at once. It also makes a world of sense to fix the pipes before you install new plumbing fixtures, cabinets and flooring.

So how do you know if you have clogged pipes? The best way to make a preliminary decision is to evaluate the flow of water through your pipes and out the faucets. It is not unusual for homeowners to confuse water pressure and water flow. The water pressure should be consistent in all parts of your house. Water pressure should also be the same in your Tacoma area home as in other homes around you. Water pressure should also be the same at all times of the day and night. It is the flow of water through the pipes that is affected by corrosion or mineral build-up inside the pipes.

Check the flow of water – the amount of water coming out of the faucets – in several parts of the house. This should be the same, for example, in all faucets in the house. If you find that the flow of water from a specific faucet is less than other faucets, you need to do some further investigation. If you have noticed that the flow of water through faucets in your neighbors’ homes is much greater than yours, you should do further investigation.

Without adequate water flow – no matter what the water pressure – whirlpool tubs, spa showers, and even toilets will not work properly. It is important then to check the pipes before your install new plumbing fixtures.

If you will replace pipes, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Plastic pipe is usually easier to work with than metal pipe
  • PVC pipe can only be used for cold water. Be sure the PVC pipe you choose is approved for drinking water, if appropriate
  • ABS pipe can be connected to several kinds of metal pipe, but is used mainly in bathrooms for waste removal and drains.
  • PEX can carry both hot and cold water, and is a good choice for interiors
  • CPVC is mainly used for hot water; it is a good substitute for copper pipe
  • Galvanized steel was used for water supply lines, but it is susceptible to corrosion and mineral deposits. This might be what you are replacing
  • Clogged pipes cause reduced flow of water into and through faucets, shower heads, etc. Replacing old, clogged pipes will increase water flow in general. It will also improve the working of dishwashers, washing machines, spa showers, whirlpool tubs, and more. The most cost efficient time to replace clogged pipes is during a remodel.

    Comments

    Got something to say?

    You must be logged in to post a comment.



    watersense plumber credit cards


    2010 © Hanson Home Services, LLC LLC DBA Rooter-Man. All rights reserved.
    Home | Free Consultation | Articles | Terms | Site Map | Privacy


    ROOTER-MAN - Service Areas

    © Rooter-Man, All Rights Reserved
    Rooter-Man
    PO Box 732098
    Puyallup, WA 98373
    Phone: 877-694-5176
    Fax: 253-840-2156

    License #: ROOT*961LT
    * 8 AM TO 5 PM - Monday thru Saturday (except holidays)

    Google Reviews
    Kudzu | Yelp

    Local Plumbing Services
    Licensed Plumbers

    Plumbing Newsletter | Plumber Services | About A Tacoma Plumbing Company | Drain Cleaning | Plumbing Coupons

    Tacoma Plumbers and Plumbing Contractors

    Tacoma plumbing contractor and Seattle emergency plumber offers Certified backflow plumbing contractor, installation and testing, Leaky faucet repair / replacement, Dishwasher installation in Federal Way, Ice maker hook-ups, Toilet bowl repair / replacement, New faucet installation Shower diverter repair / replacement Sewer & drain cleaning, Water line repair / replacement, Water heater repair/ replacement, Sewer line repairs, Electronic leak & sewer location, Inline video inspection Garbage disposal repair/replacement, Slab leaks, Floor & wall furnace repair/replacement

    King County, WA | Pierce County, WA | Redmond, WA | Puyallup, WA | Sumner, WA | Bonney Lake, WA | Tacoma, WA | Fife, WA | Federal Way, WA | Des Moines, WA | Auburn, WA | Kent, WA | SeaTac, WA | Seattle, WA | Tukwila, WA | Bellevue, WA | Issaquah, WA

    Hot Water | Low Water Supply

    Seattle Water Heaters

    Storage water heaters are by far the most common type of water heater in the U.S. today. Ranging in size from 20 to 80 gallons (or larger) and fueled by electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil, storage water heaters work by heating up water in an insulated tank. When you turn on the hot water tap, hot water is pulled out of the top of the water heater and cold water flows into the bottom to replace it. Because heat is lost through the walls of the storage tank (this is called standby heat loss), energy is consumed even when no hot water is being used. New energy-efficient storage water heaters contain higher levels of insulation around the tank, substantially reducing standby heat loss.

    We provide a comprehensive list of other plumbers throughout the United States. If you have ended up on this site and are not in need of a Washington Plumber, please review our other companies that provide emergency plumbing services.

    Powered By Footbridge Media: Contractor Directory