Welcome back to another entry here on the Economy Plumbing Services blog! This time we have no overarching angle, we’re just going to answer a bunch of frequently asked questions we see about plumbing that might not need a full blog on their own to answer. So if you found your way here through the ol’ Google, scroll on and you’re sure to find your question answered!
6 Frequently Asked Questions about Plumbing
How Long Do Copper Pipes Last?
Traditional copper pipes are going to last you about 50 years. That might seem like a long time and goods news but for most homeowners, if your house has copper pipes installed the house and plumbing was constructed decades ago – meaning they might be on their last legs.
Will Baking Soda and Vinegar Damage Pipes?
Ah so you’re looking to do an at home pipe cleaning job huh? For those who don’t know, baking soda and vinegar, when combined, create a chemical reaction that is thought to create pressure that can push out a clog. Most drains are clogged by fats, oils, and greases, and if they’ve built up enough the baking soda and vinegar trick might not be that effective. Ineffective? Maybe. But the baking soda and vinegar won’t damage your pipes, no.
What Are the Different Pipes In my Home?
Chances are your plumbing system at home is made up of a few different types of pipes. The most common are copper, galvanized, PEX, and PVC. It’s not uncommon for a house to have galvanized pipe running to a point, then a system for PEX and PVC to take over. We’ve talked a lot about the differences in pipes in the past.
Will PEX Piping Fail?
All materials can fail but that’s a big difference between can and will. PEX piping or tubing is susceptible to failure when it’s installed incorrectly, if it is exposed to the sun before installation or if it’s used to transport chlorinated water, that sort of thing. For the most part PEX is a perfectly safe and sturdy material to work with.
Can You Drink Water from PVC Pipes?
While you might be thinking ‘I can do anything,’ you really shouldn’t drink water from PVC pipes! PVC pipes aren’t rated for drinking water, meaning that they have a high risk of toxicity for the pipe to leach into the water and thus making it dangerous.
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Problems?
Not sure if your problem is unique or an easy fix? No worries. The most common plumbing problems plumbers see are leaky faucets, clogged drains and toilets, low water pressure, issues with water heaters, running toilets, and the like. These happen to just about everyone at some point or another so don’t feel too distraught if it happens to you. These are common problems, so any plumber worth their salt should be able to get you sorted out in no time!
Phew, alright we’ll take a break there for the day. We hope this blog has answered any lingering questions you’ve had about plumbing and potential repairs. If you’re suffering from one of those common plumbing problems or worse, give us a call! At Economy Plumbing Services we tackle it all!