You may or may not be aware of your home’s water pipe but you use it every day. So what is my pipe? Copper, Pex, Poly B and the “others”.
Say you live in Mission, the first thing to know would be the age of your home. That might give you a good indication of what type of pipe was popular at the time. A 50+-year-old home in Abbotsford would most likely have copper water pipes. They might have been replaced with something else over the years, or repairs might have been made by splicing in all kinds of different types of water pipe. Or maybe you have a brand new home in Maple Ridge. The choice of plumbers today is PEX pipe – a white, translucent pipe. Poly B was installed from approx 1978 – 1995, a grey pipe with either plastic or copper fittings, could be in your home in Langley. And what about the “others” like Pro Flow – a white pipe installed in the late 80’s and early 90’s in your walls in Maple Ridge. How do you know what is what, what is ok, what is bad, and most importantly, what to do if any of it leaks?
No worries! Tap 2 Drain has got you covered. In just a few simple steps you can become more Water PIPE AWARE and win the what’s my pipe game!
So how do you know what type of water pipe is in your home in Surrey?
One option is to call Tap 2 Drain and we will send one of our super techs to come take a look. If you want a general idea on your own, the first place to check is under your sinks. Look for the pipe that comes out of the wall that is attached to your faucet by a flexible hose. But that is only the first place to start. If you have an unfinished basement or crawl space, check out the ceiling. The pipe should be running between the joists to where your sinks are upstairs. One other place to check would be where the water comes into your home – probably near your hot water tank. Here you will see your water main shut off. A REALLY good thing to know, but hopefully you have shutoffs under your sinks – if you don’t have them, have Tap 2 Drain install them – It will save you running around in the event of a leak at that particular faucet.
So what should you do if you have a pipe that leaks?
SHUT THE WATER OFF FIRST! Either at the water main or at the individual shut off. Give us a call and we can come fix it and then mop up the water. A really good idea would be to put a fan on the damp area. This will help dry the area and help prevent mold. If there is water damage, make sure you call your insurance company. For more info on how to deal with your insurance have a look back at our insurance blog here.
How can you help prevent water leaks?
Knowing is half the battle. Old copper or Poly B are pretty much guaranteed to leak. A pipe replacement would be your best option. It’s really not as bad as you think, but more than one water leak claim on your insurance can be bad. Tap 2 Drain also has the T2D club available to a select few homeowners and landlords. Once a year our super techs will do a comprehensive 323 point visual inspection of all your home’s plumbing. Better for a plumber find a leak before you notice a wet spot on the ceiling! For more information on our fabulous T2D club check out this.
In the end.
Water leaks are a pain in the butt. Avoid the stress and let us be “your guys” and we will take good care of you. No worries! Give us a call today 604-476-9104. Even if you just have a question, we are here to make you smile!
And if your wondering, yes this is an homage to Chis Pratt’s “What’s my snack?” that guy is hilarious!