Most typical single family home systems won't require supply piping larger than 3⁄4 inch (19 mm) due to expense as well as steel piping's tendency to become obstructed from internal rusting and mineral deposits forming on the inside of the pipe over time once the internal galvanizing zinc coating has degraded. In potable water distribution service, galvanized steel pipe has a service life of about 30 to 50 years, although it is not uncommon for it to be less in geographic areas with corrosive water contaminants.
At Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services for all of our clients in the Washington, DC area. But is your plumbing issue urgent enough to call us? If you’re asking this question, the answer is most likely a yes. We can get to your home quickly and restore your plumbing system so that you continue to have access to potable water, or so that your home is protected from a burst pipe or a smaller leak.
Knowing what type of pipe to use for what project is an important skill all beginner plumbers must master. We'll walk you through the basics of working with copper pipe, CPVC and plastic supplies, PEX tubing, and cast-iron pipes. We'll also show you how to install plastic drainpipes, composite pipes, and steel pipe. Finally, you'll learn how to run pipe through walls and floors and how to connect new pipes to old lines.
In an older home, it's sometimes necessary to repair and upgrade plumbing fixtures. This section shows you how to repair both a gas water heater and an electric water heater. Plus, you'll learn how to install an electric water heater, a water filter, and an on-demand water heater. Other basic skills—such as increasing water pressure and maintaining both a water pump and a water softener—are also covered.
Most large cities today pipe solid wastes to sewage treatment plants in order to separate and partially purify the water, before emptying into streams or other bodies of water. For potable water use, galvanized iron piping was commonplace in the United States from the late 1800s until around 1960. After that period, copper piping took over, first soft copper with flared fittings, then with rigid copper tubing utilizing soldered fittings.