Why do we have plumbing?
As well as the comforts and luxuries of modern living Plumbing systems protect the community from disease.
Invisible organisms that swim around in a watery environment was beyond imagination until a few centuries ago, it was only in the late 19th century that scientists discovered and isolated specific microbes of particular a disease, cholera, has proven one of history’s most virulent killers.
Mankind began to understand that the evil spirits causing its woes were microscopic creatures that could be defeated by plumbers and sanitary engineers. With well designed plumbing and draining systems.
As we go about our everyday lives it is comforting to know that people’s lives are protected by having Correctly Installed and maintained Plumbing Gasfitting and Draining Systems.
For more information on this subject and the history of Plumbing and others topics visit Plagues & Epidemics History of Plumbing.
Our role in the community
At Active Plumbing we have a duty to protect people’s health and safety by correctly repairing maintaining and installing plumbing gasfitting and drainage systems Home and office.
Whats best for a water service?
Copper pipes can suffer copper corrosion, plastic pipes can be damaged by rats. Both products are very good. Copper pipe when it is silver brazed will last for decades provided the corrrect gauge of pipe is used at Active Plumbing we use 19 swg pipe or table “B” type pipe table “A” being at the top of the list the thickest wall and table “D” being a thinner wall thickness. Very rarely copper pipe can suffer what is called copper corrosion,more information.
Plastic Pipes for water service supply. There are many brands of plastic pipes on the market today most new buildings are using some form of plastic pipe its cheap easy to fitt doesn’t suffer from water hammer like copper pipes do. On the downside it cannot be used to earth the electrical system it cannot be used externally and it is subseptable to damage from rats.
Water Hammer is a condition that occures in buildings with copper water supply pipes a banging sound when a tap is turned off of a loud squeeling sound with a tap on or when a washing machine is working or filling. Water hammer can be reduced or eliminated completly by one or more methods High pressure can be a one cause cause, loose pipes another or faulty plumbing components another.
So how do we eliminate water hammer?
There are several methods which can be used :
- Securing pipes. Copper water pipes should be secures at intervals of no less than 1.2 meters, by doing this water hammer can be reduced.
- Servicing of taps. By having damaged or worn washers or old taps this can also be a source of water hammer. replacing or servicing old tap including the meter tap , will rectify or at least reduce water hammer proplems.
- Toilet Cisturns. Servicing or replacing faulty toilet cisterns will eliminate or reduce certian types of water hammer.
- Hot water heaters. Hot water heaters and associated valves can also cause water hammer. Servicing of the heater and replacement of the faulty valves or incorrectly rated valves will rectify or reduce water hammer.
- Hammer arrestors. When placed near the source of the hammer say near a washing machine supply pipe or washing machine tap. This will help reduce water hammer.
- Fixed and variable pressure limiting and reduction valves. Valves can be fitted where the water supply enters the property to reduce the water pressure. By reducing the pressure the flow rate remains about the same only the pressure is different there will sometimes be a very slight reduction in flow. This reduction in pressure will have a marked effect on the water hammer completly eliminating or at least reducing it.
- Fitting plastic water pipes. When plastic pipes are fittedto the property the most common clanging banging type water hammer is not present.
Septic Tanks: Care and Maintanence
What is a Septic tank annd how does it work?
Septic tanks have been used in un-sewered areas for many years as the most suitable form of primary treatment of sewage.
The septic tank is an underground watertight tank generally constructed of concrete or plastic which is usually divided into at least two compartments. The tank receives all sewage and separates the solid portion of the waste from the liquid portion. The liquid portion (effluent) passes out of the tank after approximately 24 hours. The tank performs three functions:
- It acts as a settlement chamber for solid materials
- It allows some bacterial breakdown of waste materials to occur
- It acts as a storage chamber for undigested solid materials which must be removed periodically (usually every 4 years). for more information see our septic tank page
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