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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Best Materials for Pipe Plumbing Fittings

by Melvin Owens

Fittings are essential components in plumbing systems because they are designed to connect different tubing sections. They can be used with straight pipes and may be installed when there is a need to regulate or redirect the flow of fluid. There are diverse fittings in the market so the process of choosing the ideal products for your building can be challenging.

One of the most important factors to consider before purchase is the material used to manufacture the fitting. This will directly influence the system durability, the cost, the integrity of the connections and the compatibility with the piping. Here are the main materials to consider installing in your plumbing system:

Cast Iron

Cast iron fittings are popular in building construction because they can perform well in adverse conditions. They are not vulnerable to heat, mechanical impact and their structure remains solid when exposed to abrading fluids.  The composition of this fitting material is solid so you will enjoy soundproofing qualities. Popular types of cast iron fittings include pipe coupling, adapters, tees and unions.

You should consider installing these fittings in your bathroom and water closet features. They are also ideal for stormwater conveyance from yards and the roof and general wastewater drainage.

Brass

Brass is a resilient alloy material made from copper and zinc and it is a common choice in the production of piping fittings. The composition of brass provides high-performance products which are long-lasting and sturdy. The fittings are resistant to abrasion so you can install them in your residential, commercial or industrial space.

In addition, they can be used to convey regular water, slurries and even chemicals without adverse reactions. You can identify brass fittings by their yellowish hue. However, there are diverse finishes to consider depending on the desired aesthetics. Common types include chrome-plated, nickel, lacquered and polished brass finishes.

Plastic

Plastic fittings have gained popularity in the recent past because they are cheap to purchase and easy to install. They can be used to connect different types of piping materials and there are assorted fitting and hoses designs for almost all plumbing applications. Pipes are generally durable and most plastics do not react unfavourably to hot water. PVC is one of the most common plastic materials in manufacturing fittings.

They are rigid and strong so they can be used in general plumbing and drainage systems. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to heat so they should be only installed in cold water channels. There are alternatives such as CPVC which can withstand high temperatures and nylon which can resist chemical damage.

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