Water line repair is sometimes best left up to professionals, but many times the average person can accomplish some basic plumbing with common tools, persistence and the knowledge available on the internet and at the hardware store.\n\n
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Water line repair is sometimes best left up to professionals, but many times the average person
can accomplish some basic plumbing with common tools, persistence and the knowledge
available on the internet and at the hardware store. In most contemporary homes, much of the
water piping is PVC, which is a type of plastic that has its most common use as liquid piping.
Most people would recognize its bright white color and rigid nature. This is the same material
that most bank credit or ATM cards are made of. For the waterline into a home, it might be ABS.
Water line repair in older buildings can be more difficult. Before the widespread use of PVC,
copper was the primary building material used for piping. This transition was made for a number
Lower cost –
Copper piping is often raided from abandoned buildings in urban areas for profit.
Resistant to corrosion –
Unlike copper, there is zero scale build-up and no water or soil conditions capable of
breaking down the integrity of the pipe.
Manufacturing is far cheaper, and during actual transfer of water, they provide better
insulation and limit condensation.
There is no case of “water hammer” – the noise caused in copper pipe systems when a
facet is quickly shut off, creating a reverberation through everything connected to it.
Water line repair for those dealing with copper pipes is best dealt with by professionals. Like
PVC, these pipes are very rigid, but the method for connecting the pieces involves welding.
However, this provides the opportunity to consider replacing the problematic section of piping
with PVC for the long-term benefits of corrosion resistance, improved insulation, and a reduction
Water line repair on PVC can be as easy as tightening a joint or adhering some added solvent
cement –this is the liquid “glue” explicitly designed to use between PVC piping. These glues are
distinguished by their viscosity (thickness), where larger pipes require a thicker solution, and
smaller pipes require a thinner solution. These variations correspond to colors to help people
quickly know what is what.
If the water line issue is stemming from problems outside of the structure, fixing the problem
will become much more complicated. Water lines are buried underground, and often have city
governance applied to them to prevent tampering or faulty repairs.
Water line repair to the source line for a building might involve ABS. This plastic piping has
every benefit of PVC but improves upon it in every way. The reason it is not as widely used is
that the production price is roughly twice that of PVC. For use outside the home, it is especially
beneficial because it has much higher resistance to extreme cold and severe shocks. There is
specific solvent cement for adhering these two plastics together.