Part of planning for any room renovation in your office that has pipes and drain lines is to resolve whether you have clogged drain pipes that need to be cleaned or replaced. Pipes can collect grease build-up or rust over time. In some cases, this corrosion or grease build-up can narrow and constrict the size of the pipe by half. If this is the case, you probably should replace these pipes as part of your planed project. It will be cost effective to do all of the plumbing work on a room at once. It also makes a world of sense to fix the water pipes before you install new plumbing, cabinets and wood flooring.
So how do you know if you have clogged drain pipe? The best way to make a basic decision is to evaluate the flow of water through your drain pipes and out the hose bib. It is not strange for homeowners to confuse water pressure and water flow rate. The water pressure should be steady in all parts of your homes fixtures. Water pressure should also be the same in your Charlotte area home as in other homes around Concord NC. Water pressure should also be the same at all times day or night.Flow of your water through the pipes can be affected by mineral build-up inside the copper pipes.
Check your flow of water – the amount of water coming out of the sink – in multiple parts of the house at the same time. The flow should be the same, for example, in all sinks in the house. If you find that the flow of water from a individual faucet is less than other faucets, you need to do some investigation on the pipes. If you have noticed that the flow of water through your neighbors’ homes is much stronger than yours, you should have a plumber investigate the problem.
Without proper water flow – no matter what the water psi is showers,faucets and even toilets will not work properly. It is important then to check the water rate before your install new plumbing fixtures.
If you will be replace drain pipes, here are a few things to keep in mind:
pvc pipe is easier to work with than cast iron pipe
CPVC pipe can only be used for cold water applications. Be sure the CPVC pipe you choose is approved for portable water, if allowed by code
ABS pipe can be connected to several kinds of cast iron pipe, but is used mainly in older homes for waste removal and drains.
PEX can be used for both hot and cold water, and is a good choice for dyers
copper is mainly used for hot water; it is a good substitute for galvanized pipe
This might be what you are replacing
Clogged pipes cause restrict flow of water into and through out your home/office faucets, shower heads, etc. Replacing old, clogged cast iron pipes will increase water flow in general. It will also improve the working of washing machines,showers pressure, whirlpool tubs, and much more. The best time to replace old clogged pipes is during a remodel.