Piping & Fittings

The foundation of your plumbing system consists of piping and fittings. Fresh water is brought in, and wastewater is removed through the pipes in your house. The needs of different buildings will require different twists, turns, and branches in the direction of the water pipes; fittings will accomplish this, in addition to joining two pipes together or even increasing or decreasing the pipe width if needed.

Typical piping and fitting related problems

Whether it's fixing existing lines, replacing old lines or installing brand new ones, your Chicago Plumber can provide you with top-quality service. Many plumbing tasks are simple enough for the do-it-yourselfer, but you can always get advice from your plumber if you run into difficulties with the project.

Some basic piping and fitting related facts

Typically 3 mm, 2 cm or 2.5 cm in diameter, water supply lines are usually made up of copper or plastic. Copper is both durable and sturdy, and doesn't allow minerals to accumulate, whereas plastic is less expensive, does not corrode, and is easy to install. Sewage lines are normally laid with pipes of 4 cm to 10 cm and are made of either cast iron or plastic, whereas the latter is a more popular choice.

Fittings are made of either brass or plastic. The type of fittings to be used is reciprocal to the pipe material. A proper combination between pipe and fitting materials is very important to ensure their effective sealing; The proper matching of their metal types prevents the occurrence of any problematic reaction.

Plumbing Expert Tip

You can ask your Chicago IL plumber to regularly check the condition of your drainpipes and your water supply pipes. Pipes that are broken or damaged can cause leaks or costly flooding problems.

Some piping and fitting problems and solutions

There are a few pipe related problems that could affect your home's plumbing system.
You can simply replace a leaking section with a new piece. You might want to ask your Chicago IL Plumber for some assistance with this plumbing work, because you might have a hard time with the pipe attachment and fitting. For a temporary solution, try wrapping the leaking section in waterproof tape.

Another problem which may occur is pipe sweating. Drops of moisture form on the water pipes when the water inside is colder than the outside humid air. Insulating the pipe with self-adhesive tape will control this problem. Before putting the tape in place, wipe off the pipes, and then cover both pipes and fittings completely.

Pipes can freeze easily during a cold Chicago winter. If pipes freeze they could rupture without warning, and leaking and flooding may result. Pipe insulation can help to prevent frozen and burst pipe problems. Heat tape or heat cables are a good solution for pipe insulation. As they are operated electrically, they provide a continuous heat supply to prevent freezing of pipes.

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