Piping & Fittings

The groundwork for any plumbing system is comprised of piping and fittings. Pipes leading to and from the fixtures transport fresh water into your home and remove the wastewater from it. Fittings may be used to branch or join pipes, change their dimensions, or lead them around corners, as required by the building's structure.

Your New Jersey Plumber is capable of solving any pipe or fitting problem, including repairing, replacing, or installing new lines. You may be surprised how many plumbing problems can be solved by the do-it-yourselfer, especially with the advice of your professional plumber to help.

Plumbing Expert Tip

Have your New Jersey plumber inspect your water supply pipes and drainpipes. Leaks or flooding can be caused by broken or damaged pipes.

The standard material for water supply lines is plastic or copper, and the average diameter of the lines is 3 mm, 2 cm, or 2.5 cm. Both types of pipe have obvious advantages: non-corrosive plastic installs easily and is reasonably priced; rigid copper is long lasting and does not clog up from mineral accumulation. Sewage lines usually use pipe with a diameter of 4 to 10 cm; they are sometimes cast iron but more commonly plastic.
The fittings used to secure the pipes are made of either plastic or brass. The material the pipe is made of determines the kind of fitting used. It is very important to use the correct pipe and fitting materials to make sure they are properly sealed and do not create a problematic chemical reaction.

Generally, there are very few pipe-related problems that will harm your plumbing system.
If only one section of your water system is cracked or damaged, you can simply replace the malfunctioning section with a new one. The pipe may not always attach itself correctly to the fitting, and your New Jersey plumber can assist you in this respect. An alternative would be to wrap waterproof tape over the leaking portion, providing a temporary solution.

Pipe sweating is another problem that you might face. Pipe sweating (drops of moisture that form on the pipe) occurs when the water inside the pipe is significantly colder than the humid air outside. Self-adhesive tape can be used to insulate pipes to control this problem. Clean the pipes before wrapping the tape around then, and make sure it covers both the pipe and the fittings securely.

Pipes can freeze during cold New Jersey winters. When a frozen pipe breaks, it can cause leaks and flooding. Insulating your pipes in advance will help prevent this problem. Wrapping your pipes up with heat tape or cables may do the trick. These items are electronically operated and ensure that your pipes do not freeze by functioning as a constant source of heat.

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