9 Big problems with plumbing and drainage and how to prevent them

3 biggest problems with your Kitchen Sink, and how you can fix it

You are sick and tired of problems with your plumbing and have to call a plumber regularly. Even if you hire the best professional, they will just fix the problem but may or may not guide you on how to prevent them. Here are some things that you can do to prevent common plumbing issues and save.

  1. Do not close leaking taps too tightly. Many people think that this is the best solution for the problem. The reality is that this can make damage greater. When you notice a leaking tap, you should call a plumber immediately. The problem will be easier and hence cheaper to fix. Furthermore, you will not waste precious water.
  2. Inspect for toilet leaks on a regular basis before it becomes big and costly. In many cases, leaks are easy to spot as the water flow is great and noisy. However, this task is close to impossible when the leakage is small. Use a method for inspection that has been tested and proven to work. Put a little bit of food dye with a bright color in the concealed or open cistern tank and let it stay like this. Do not use the toilet for an hour or two. Then come back and inspect the bowl. If there is any leakage, there will be traces of dye on the surface of the bowl.
  3. Do not drill holes on the floor and walls of your bathrooms, toilets and kitchen without first referring to the plumbing drawings or talking with your builder. This is the biggest reason for pipe damage. Once a concealed pipe is drilled, it is impossible to fix without breaking the floor or the wall.
  4. Do not climb on the taps or hang heavy objects from your taps. The joints and fittings inside may not be able to take the load and may get damaged again requiring costly repairs.
  5. Periodically check that the safety devices on your hot water heaters are working properly. Failure of these safety devices may cause water-heater malfunction and ultimately damage the pipes inside your walls. Water-heaters with multiple safety devices are preferable.
  6. Do not pour boiling water into the toilet/kitchen drains. Either mix some cold water to it before pouring in the drain or let it cool first. Boiling water may damage the drain pipes and cause leaks. The same applies to pouring boiling water in the toilet. The bowl can crack and cause a huge dirty mess.
  7. Do not throw anything inside your WC other than toilet paper. The toilet is not a disposal bin and items like diapers, sanitary towels etc should never be thrown inside. These can clog it easily and cause serious problems that only a professional plumber will be able to fix.
  8. Do not pour any type of grease, including cooking fat and oil, into the kitchen sink’s drain. Otherwise, it may be even difficult for your plumber to clean the mess, as the grease sticks to the walls of the drain and is extremely hard to remove. It is best to pour them into empty plastic bottles and then dispose of them.
  9. Long hair is also another reason for clogged drains in bathrooms. These do not flow out easily and will accumulate at certain places along the pipe line and subsequently cause clogging. Ensure that proper trap is used and long hair is removed and disposed off in dustbins rather than through the drains.

How to choose the right plumbing service provider for your house

Plumbing and Drainage Relates

Hiring the right plumber or plumber contractor shall first depend upon the nature of the job. In case you are constructing a new house or fully renovating an old house, you shall certainly need a reasonable sized plumbing contractor. In case of repair work a plumber shall do however in both cases choosing the right person is extremely important for your home. 

A} New Construction or Renovation

 

Plumbing contractor is a person who is involved with plumbing works like laying pipelines and fixing plumbing fixtures. You would need the services of a plumbing contractor at the time of building your new house as well as for renovation of your old house. In both cases, the amount of plumbing work required is quite comprehensive. You should certainly discuss the plumbing requirements with your main civil contractor and architect first. Depending upon your preference, either he must appoint a plumber for all the plumbing needs or if you wish you may appoint your own plumbing contractor. A plumbing contractor should always work in close coordination with the building contractor and should have a clear idea about the building’s layout.

Finding a reliable contractor who can deliver you with quality plumbing fixtures and equipments is a challenging job. There are many factors to be considered before finalizing the contract with a plumbing service or company. You should only hire the services of a reputed plumbing company or contractor who has years of experience to boast about specially if your architect is not providing the plumbing drawings.

Specifically check that the plumbing contractor or plumber has experience based on the selection of the following equipment:

  • Plumbing and drainage pipeline
  • Water Tanks 
  • Water treatment system
  • Water heating system (localized or centralized)
  • Pumping system / Pressure system
  • Kitchen and Toilet fixtures (Wall mixers or Divertors, Open/Concealed cisterns or flush valves, faucets, massage jets, bath-tubs etc)
  • Different kinds of Valves
  • Manholes/Inspection chambers
  • Basement drainage
  • Other specialized equipment

 

You can search for feasible plumbing contractor in your locality by initiating an online search. Several online platforms and directories are now available for engaging professional services. You may also check with your architect or a reputed dealer for reference. 

  • Check for his certifications
  • Check his level of experience
  • What jobs he had executed earlier and references
  • Visit a few sites that he has executed earlier
  • Check if he has experience in installation of all equipment that you have chosen
  • Take detailed quotation before awarding the job
  • Check if he can help you procure equipment at good prices
  • Check about service warranty
  • Mechanism for resolution in case of any problem

  

Always contact more than one person and compare before taking the decision.

 

B} Major or minor Repair work

Everybody needs a plumber at some point of time as the houses we will live in have got various water supply options. The best time to choose a plumber is before you actually need one. The reason is simple. Rather than searching for a plumber at a time when there is an emergency, one should always have an option ready for those times. This will not just save time at that crucial time but will also help an individual to avoid panic situations and hasty decisions. Before looking out for a plumber one thing should be made certain. People should only opt for certified or well experienced plumbers.

In case you have moved to a new house or locality, the best way to know a plumber is through 

  • Neighbors and people who are already living in that locality for some period of time
  • Check with real estate agent who got that house for you
  • Ask the nearest reputed plumbing goods dealer
  • Check internet listings for good plumbers

Now, whenever there is a requirement of a plumber in the house, one can call the plumber earlier contacted. Before getting the work done, one should clarify few things like price for the service and warranty. This can avoid any argument or discussion which may happen later due to service not working properly. Apart from this, it will also help you from the horror of getting a shocking bill after few minutes fixing done by the plumber.

It is sometimes preferable to check with more than one plumber before taking the decision. 

For more information or visit by our Plumbing Solution Executive, call us on 1800 114 050 or mail us on info@ajaypipes.com

3 biggest problems with your Kitchen Sink, and how you can fix it

3 biggest problems with your Kitchen Sink, and how you can fix it

Your kitchen sink is a very important hub within your home. You use it for variety of different things, and if it is not working as it should, you and your loved ones may get negatively impacted.

Let’s discuss a few things that could go wrong with your kitchen sink and how these problems would affect you if they were not promptly taken care of.

The first problem that can occur is low water flow. When you are trying to clean dried up food off of plates, the most irritating thing can be a lack of high pressure water from your sink to aid in your ability to remove the food from the plate or pan. Low water pressure in your kitchen sink can be caused by a number of different things. A few options are a clogged cartridge, or a blocked aerator within your sink. These issues are caused by sediments from your water building up within the fixture itself. This option is likely true if it is only the kitchen sink that is having issues with water pressure. If the whole house is having issues, it may be a problem such as a clog in the pipes that make up the home’s plumbing infrastructure. You will want to quickly get this problem taken care of, because if you do not, you will dread doing your dishes. And since doing dishes is a daily occurrence, you do not want to dread this job every single day.

Second problem that can come up with your kitchen sink is a leak. Leaks often occur in the plumbing underneath your kitchen sink and they can unfortunately go undetected for a large amount of time. Let’s say that you only use a specific cleaning product once per month and it is located at the back of the cupboard underneath your sink. The time comes around for you to use that product and you reach to the back just to find a pool of water! If this leak is not taken care of quickly, you can cause mold growth and rotting of the wood underneath your sink requiring significant repairs.

Another common issue is the clogged kitchen sink drain. If you inspect, your sink shall either be connected using a P-trap or a bottle trap or a direct waste pipe connected to the drain. In all likelihood choking would happen inside the traps or the piping. These can be easily dis-assembled, clean and re-assembled to remove the clog. In case you need, help call your plumber to do the job. 

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Choosing Between Plastic and Metal Plumbing Pipes: Get the Facts

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Plumbing used in each home are always not the same, and the pipes are of many different types. Beside its purpose, this equipment can serve you more than you may expect. Well, there are many advantages you should know other than just having pipe system in your home.

When putting up a new house, replacing an old plumbing system or having it repaired, you may wonder whether to use plastic or metal pipes. There are different types of metal and plastic plumbing pipes. So, how do you wade through the options that exist? For starters, make sure to consider your budget and whether the types of pipes you already use are a good fit. It is also important to take into account what impact your choice will have on the environment or your family’s health. Read on to learn all you need to know about choosing between metal and plastic plumbing pipes.

 

Metal Plumbing Pipes

 

Metal pipes are strong and rigid however they are more difficult to handle and work with. 

 

Most old homes in India use GI (Galvanised Iron) pipes. The biggest problem with galvanized pipes is that they are likely to rust and scale from within over time. This can cause water discoloration or even restrict water pressure. When old galvanized pipes corrode, traces of lead may also leak into the water. So, you might want to upgrade if your home still uses such outdated plumbing pipes.

 

Copper water pipes are rarely used in India. Copper fittings form strong joints that do not leak easily. This material is also durable, resistant to fire and reusable. Keep in mind though that copper can still rust eventually, especially if your local water has a very low pH. Copper pipes are also expensive to install. 

 

Stainless steel is another even less common option for metal plumbing pipes. It costs more than copper but offers greater resilience and performance. 

 

Cast iron pipes have been used in India for drainage. There are heavy to work with and are expensive but they are durable and traditionally have worked well.

 

Plastic Plumbing Pipework

 

Plastic pipes are increasingly being preferred for plumbing installations in newer homes. This can be attributed to a number of reasons. To begin with, plastic piping is not costly to install. The installation process is quite easy, and hence the cost of installing is minimized. Similarly, it’s easy to maintain when compared with copper or iron systems. Another thing you can think about with the plastic piping is its durability. Plastic does not rust, unlike metal. What’s more, its lightweight nature makes it easy to work with during installations.

The good news for the people who love going green is that plastic piping of this kind can be recycled. Hence the material used makes it a better for remodeling as it is an environmental conscious. Unlike the other type of the common plumbing materials, plastic does not fill a landfill making it the best option. Plastic piping is indeed very durable Compared to other piping systems. There is no doubt on how long the plastic type can last; the test done has shown that this type of material can last for more than 30 years.

 

Residential plumbing systems can use different kinds of plastic pipework. PVC pipes are perhaps the most popular installation used for drainage and cold water. They have high resistance to cracks and breakages when under high pressure besides providing all the advantages mentioned earlier. One downside of PVC pipes is that they can make drinking water to have a plastic aftertaste. In addition, water from your boiler can literally warp these pipes. So, PVC is not a good choice for your hot water system.

 

CPVC pipes for hot and cold water are becoming the norm. These are easy to install, corrosion and scale resistant and are very durable. At the same time CPVC is one of the cheapest options and is widely available in the market today.

 

Combination of CPVC for hot and cold water and PVC for drainage works well for plumbing and drainage.

 

There are other plastic pipe options available in the Indian market however they are not as widely used. Options for hot and cold water pipes include PPR, PB, PEX and PE-AL-PE Composite pipes however each one presents its own advantages and disadvantages. In case of Drainage other options available are PP, PP-Low Noise and HDPE.

 

All these are benefits one can gain using plumbing and piping systems for either home or business. 

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7 Top Reasons Why Buildings Lose Water Pressure

7 Top Reasons Why Buildings Lose Water Pressure

For a home owner and building manager, one common issue they have to deal with is low water pressure. As every building is different, so too are the causes of their water pressure problems. However, once the causes are identified, they can usually be quickly fixed. Here are a few common reasons why buildings lose water pressure.

Improper Design

In most cases a single pipeline may supply to multiple bathrooms. If the pipeline size is inadequate i.e. more number of units are connected to the pipeline and all operate simultaneously, fall in pressure shall be encountered.

Similarly inside the bathroom if the mainline and distribution lines are not sized properly, operating more than one tap simultaneously will result in pressure drop.

In such a case, take help of an expert to understand your options.

Water Leaks

Another common reason why buildings lose water pressure is leakages. Water leaks rob from the incoming supply and causes significant drop in water pressure. While some leaks are visible, others are hidden. It’s best to contact a commercial plumber to help you detect leaks in your water system.

Rusting Pipes

When it comes to its causes, rusting pipes are often a major culprit. As water pipes rust, the by-products of water corrosion build up on the interior of the pipes. This gradually narrows the pipes’ useful diameter, making it more difficult for water to pass through them.

Rusting pipes are also prone to breakage, which can cause blocked drains and other associated issues. Best to call a commercial plumber to inspect the quality of your pipes.

Scale formation

Like rusting, scaling of pipes shall cause deposition of hard salts inside the surface of the pipeline which will gradually reduce its flow. After a period of time, the flow can get severely restricted to the extent that water shall drip from faucets. Descaling such pipes is very difficult and only solution available may be to replace them. It is always better to avoid scaling issues by investing in a water treatment system for your building.

Problem with pumping system 

In case your building is run with hydro-pneumatic systems, it is possible that loss of pressure may be due to the pumping system installed to provide water. Check the pumping system and ensure that it is properly maintained and working optimally. 

Valve Problems

The main water valve in commercial buildings regulates the inflow of water. While valves are quite robust, they can break down from age and over-use. Once the quality of a water valve is compromised, it can lead to a decrease in the volume of water entering the building.

As water volume decreases, so too does the perceived water pressure.

Water Supply Issues

Sometimes, changes in the city’s water supply can affect the water pressure of your building. For example, if a local government adds new connections to existing capacity, the change can naturally sap your water supply and pressure in the process. 

While there are many reasons why buildings lose water pressure, there are also many solutions, too. In some cases, the use of water-pressure booster pumps and pressure tanks can solve your building’s problems, while in others, it may be a case of needing to replace water valves or old pipes.

If your building is losing water pressure, get in touch with a expert plumber immediately to get to the root of the problem as soon as poss

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