Last week we took you on a short tour of the materials modern plumbers use for piping. Steel and cast iron are gone, and now we use plastics and copper. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at copper and why it’s used so often for commercial and residential plumbing—and many other uses. Basically, copper is great for many reasons!
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Over the history of indoor plumbing, the pipes carrying fresh water and waste water have been made from a variety of different materials. For many decades, clay, cast iron, and galvanized steel were the most common piping materials. But all of these have fallen out of use because of their tendency to break or corrode.
Today, when homes are looking to have full repiping done, it’s usually because the house was built in a time when steel pipes were still common—and those pipes are in danger of failure because of the effects of corrosion.
When you call on professional plumbers in Corona, CA for piping services, from small repairs to full whole-house repiping, what type of materials will they use? There are a number of different options available to the professional, and they’ll select the types that best fit the job. Here’s a look at the more common piping materials used for contemporary homes:
One of the most important of the jobs that we handle as professional plumbers is leak detection. At first, you might think that this isn’t that crucial of a task: you can find leaks by simply looking for where water is dripping from someplace it shouldn’t, right? But consider your entire household plumbing system. How many pipes are hidden from sight behind drywall, in floorboards? Most of them. And if your home has a concrete foundation, there are also pipes set down in that as well.
It’s not easy to tell if there’s water leaking from these hidden pipes until a large amount of damage has been done and gallons of water have been wasted. Plumbers have the tools and training required to pinpoint the covert leaks and get them fixed.