We've learned a lot about plumbing since the days when people thought it was a good idea to install lead or galvanized steel pipes. In Ancient Rome, lead plumbing pipes were sometimes responsible for a lead poisoning. (Interesting fact: the word 'plumbing' actually comes from theLatin word for lead.) Between the 1920s and the 1980s, it wasn't unusual for a plumber to choose galvanized steel pipes, a material that over time tends to rust completely from the inside out.
Your hot water from the tap is lukewarm at best, and you know your hot water heater is not old enough for a full-on replacement, so what's the problem? In most cases, the heating elements will fail long before you need a new water heater completely, and thankfully, heating elements are integrated into a water heater so they are easy enough to replace. Even still, replacing the heating elements in your hot water heater is a task that can leave you feeling a little intimidated if you have no experience with doing your own repairs.
When relocating your business to a new storefront location, it is pertinent that you get the proper inspections. Prior to moving in, you need to make sure that the structure and utilities are equipped to support your company. In a storefront, plumbing can be one of the most important aspects of the inspection. Here are three plumbing systems that you need to be inspected for your retail storefront before you officially move in.
If you notice water dripping from a shower faucet, replacing the washer may stop the leak. Most shower faucet leaks are the result of washers on the base of the faucet that get worn or cracked.
The washer needs to be replaced as soon as possible to avoid high water bills and wall damage. Before you call a plumber, try to replace the faucet washer yourself by following these steps.
It could've been a frozen line or maybe it was just a line that was falling apart due to age–but there is one thing that is for certain: when a water line busts in the middle of winter, it can be one of the most frustrating things to contend with as a homeowner. There you will be, outside in the bitter cold, digging around in the frozen ground, and probably cursing a little under your breath with the entire situation.