Understanding The Different Materials Used For Plumbing in Baltimore

by | Oct 15, 2013 | Plumbing

The plumbing in your home can present many problems. For instance, a leaking faucet can drip water onto and under the counter top surface that can ruin the counter substrate as well as the walls the counter is attached to. That water can also seep into the cabinet materials causing rot that eventually ruins them as well. Leaking drains can be just as problematic. For example, the drain in your tub could allow water to leech out into the surrounding floor materials. This water will cause the floor to fail as well as cause damage to anything underneath the tub’s location. If the bathroom is on the first floor of a single family dwelling there may be nothing under there to worry about, however if the tub is on the second or higher floor or your home is part of a multiple family dwelling then that drain leak could prove disastrous.

Repairing such Plumbing in Baltimore issues can be just as problematic. Plumbing installations come in several types such as iron piping, copper tubing and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and there are several varieties of the latter. For example, manufactured housing sometimes use a PVC tubing that is smaller than the PVC pipe normally used in the housing industry. Each of these plumbing methods have their advantages and disadvantages. PVC is cheap and easy to work with which helps the plumber layout the installation very quickly, but it takes time for the binding glue to cure properly and glued fittings cannot be reused if a repair is necessary. Iron pipe can rust so it is commonly used in modern plumbing for drainage systems although some galvanized pipe can be used for the fresh water supply.

The most common water conduit used today for Plumbing in Baltimore is copper based pipe. Copper provides experienced plumbing contractors such as Saffer Plumbing and Heating with a durable pipe that is easy to work with. The joints and fittings are quickly sealed using solder and they can be safely removed for emergency repairs. Plus, copper tubing is easier to shape so replacements are quick and easy whenever large repairs are needed.


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