11 Oct 4 Common Drain Types in Florida and Problems They Cause
An important element to home maintenance is ensuring the drains are regularly cleaned and maintained. When drains and pipes fail to do their job, everyday tasks like bathing, cleaning, and cooking has become next to impossible. This is why you need to know the types of drains, how to maintain them, and what to do when they start causing problems.
You can always contact All Dry USA if issues seem out of control. We’ll keep all the pipes in working order with minimal stress on your part.
4 Home Drain Pipe Types
Over time, most homeowners or apartment residents will find themselves in need of drain pipe maintenance. This can be stalled with regular upkeep – but only as long as it is effective.
To be effective, you will need to know the kind of pipes connected to your drains. Common drain pipes in Florida include copper, steel, or PVC, among other types. These are the most common drain pipe types:
- Cast iron is commonly found in pre-1960 homes and can be found in horizontal drains or vent stacks. The material is strong but prone to rust. If rusting has occurred, connect with a specialist at All Dry USA to replace corroded pipes.
- Galvanized steel is also common in older homes and is pretty strong. It has a lifespan of about five decades, and the damage is commonly seen as corrosion. Corroded steel can be replaced with plastic piping.
- ABS pipes hit the market around 1975 as a low-cost, easy alternative to metal. It is also known as “black piping” and was the first plastic piping used. It is rust-proof but has not proven to be as durable as metal piping.
- PVC is now the leading choice of residential drain options for its durability and resistance to elements. Several grade types have specific uses. For example, schedule 40 is common for drain-line piping under houses.
Common Drain Issues in Florida
No matter the drain pipe type, no home is without issues in this department. Some are common, everyday issues that can be fixed with quick home remedies while others are more complicated. Whether you need to clear a clog or replace the drain pipe, all of this maintenance is essential for the home.
A common issue in Florida homes is the headache of clogged drains. If the cause is not obvious – such as food in the kitchen drain or hair in the shower drain – it could be a sign of a more serious issue.
Clogged drains for which you can’t identify the cause are often the result of clogged pipes. Running water flowing to dishwashers, sinks, showers, and toilets is essential in the daily function of the home. Constant use, high pressure, and even just flushing food down the sink lead to strain being put on pipes.
Drain cleaners alone cannot always fix clogged pipes in the long-run. Bleach or drain cleaners can get rid of the clog, but the obstruction might still be there. Certain products can also cause erosion of the pipe interior, which can cause additional problems.
Instead, you need a long-term solution to a clogged drain. This can be accomplished with the help of a professional who can snake the drain and pipes completely.
Water pressure levels play a role in drain problems and lifespan. If too much water is being pushed through the pipes, strain is being applied to joints, piping, and valves. This leads to cracks and leaks over time. Too low water pressure may indicate a blockage in the pipes themselves preventing water from flowing freely.
Often, water pressure in showers is used to determine the overall water pressure. This is not a good approach as nozzles only regulate incoming water and not overall pressure.
Fortunately, you can check water pressure with a hose-bib gauge from any local hardware store. The water pressure level should be between 40-85 psi. If it is higher or lower than this, call All Dry USA for support.
High Mineral Content Levels
Drains can also be threatened by hard water, which is water with excess minerals like magnesium and calcium. These minerals can cling to piping interiors and slow the flow of water. The buildup will degrade joints and fittings and cause issues.
Mineral buildup is noticeable when there is whitish residue on faucets and shower heads. You can check with your water service provider about mineral levels in your home’s plumbing.
You also can avoid hard water damage by taking steps to soften it. This can be done with an electromagnetic softener to reduce minerals and create pure water. These devices can get pricey but are easy to install. A home remedy approach is to add sodium to the water – but only if you also have a filter installed to block sodium from coming back through. Sodium softeners ultimately have to be installed by professionals.