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Types of Pipe and Leak Detection Terminology
Plumbing can be a difficult business. The technical work of fixing and installing pipes and pools comes with a vast lexicon of esoteric vocabulary. Everyone knows what a pipe is, but not everyone can identify a pipe wrench. Knowing a little bit more about pipe and leak detection vocabulary can help you gain a better understanding of what you're paying for when you enlist the services of a plumber. Study these terms and the next time you spring a leak and find yourself up to your ankles in water, you'll be able to describe to locate the problem and describe to the plumber in his own language just what went awry.
Adapter - This a piece of metal that joins two different types of pipe together. A poorly fitted adapter might be the source of a leak.
Mixed Sewer System - A type of sewage management system found in older cities. A mixed sewage system accommodates both raw sewage and storm water runoff. When too much storm water drains into these systems they can pollute nearby bodies of water.
Directional Jet - An air discharge unit that creates whirlpools underwater. These jets are popular in home pools and can be expensive to repair.
Metal Fatigue - A common problem and a difficult fix. Metal fatigue is a break in a metal part caused by excessive flexion and extension. Once a fatigued part breaks, it has to be replaced. Always ask your plumber to test the durability of a metal part.
Municipal Water - A public water source. Water supplied by a municipal hydro electric department. In other words its public drinking water.
Root Valve - A multiple port valve used in severe process conditions. Root valves are found in vacuum pressure environments. If you detect a problem in a root valve you should repair it immediately.
Over time pipes can begin to form small cracks and holes that allow water, gas, and sewage to leak. These malfunctions can cause serious problems for homeowners and businesses, especially when the pipe leaks harmful materials into underground water instead of sewer systems. If you suspect that your plumbing system has a problem, then you should contact a pipe and leak detecting contractor that can help you determine whether you actually do have a problem and how you can fix it.
There are several pipe and leak detecting methods, so you want to make sure you choose a contractor that has enough experience to meet your needs efficiently. Many companies use dyes to detect places where liquids are escaping from plumbing systems. Others use acoustic methods that test the plumbing sonically.
Both of these techniques are rather non-intrusive for those who need to locate and repair underground plumbing. Choosing a company that knows how to use these techniques makes it simpler and less expensive for you to determine whether you have an actual problem. The more intrusive methods usually involve excavation, which often takes a long time, damages property, and may not even produce accurate results for those trying to locate leaks in vacuums and sewer drain pipes.
You probably have several contractors in your area who have experience with hydro, helium gas, and sewage pipes. One advantage of using the internet to search for contractors is that you can read reviews posted by other businesses and homeowners. This will help you choose a company that can work efficiently and affordably.