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Renovations in the water systems of a house

11 December, 2020 · Blog

We are currently focused on energy saving and most home renovations in pursuit of that goal. However, saving water is also important, not only economically, but also environmentally.

During this article we will talk about the reform of the piping system in an old building.

reformas en los sistemas de agua de una vivienda

Reform of old piping systems

Previously, pipes were made of lead or galvanized iron. These materials did their job but degraded rapidly, creating leaks and rust.

As copper pipes also suffered from this type of problem, they are now working with more resistant materials, such as PVC.

The main renovation of this type of system is the replacement of old pipes with new PVC pipes.

Reform of a piping system by steps

To carry out this type of reform, the first thing to do is to carry out an analysis of the entire pipeline circuit of the building. Once we have done this activity, we will begin to remove the entire circuit trying to intervene as little as possible in the structure of the house.

At present, for a new piping system, cross-linked polyethylene is usually used (something that does not suffer almost corrosion or deformations over time) or PVC (if it is for a drainage area).

Finally, the necessary masonry work will be carried out to recover the areas that have been damaged in the reform.

Advantages of the reform of the piping system

As we have mentioned, copper is not a good material for conducting water, especially if it is hot water. This type of water wears out the pipes inside and damages them. In addition, consuming copper continuously can be toxic to water, so pipes of this type are changed if they are in drinking water systems.

Materials such as PVC and crosslinked polyethylene are much more resistant to corrosion, in addition to not oxidizing and their parts are perfectly fixed through special adhesives.

Iron oxidizes and is very malleable, so it was no longer used as a material for water pipe systems in a building.

On the other hand, leaky piping systems cause more water to be consumed than necessary. This leads to an increase in water bills, but also increased pollution. In addition, if they are hot water pipes, there will also be an increase in the energy consumption needed to heat it.