Stainless Steel Pipe Prices – A New Market Flood?

Plumbing has come a long way in the last 2,000 years. Yes, Ancient Romans are famous for their aqueducts, surely one of mankind’s greatest inventions, but what we must also remember is that those same Romans were the first civilization to transport water with the use of lead, a toxin. Now, as it turns out, the Romans lucked out by having high calcium content in their drinking water, which coated their pipes and kept them safe (the same could not be said about their lead cookware, unfortunately).

Since that time, humans have gone through many different materials to convey their water. Wood was used in Britain and Early America, for example. Concrete has been used, a material that Romans would have approved of. In modern America, copper has long been the choice, but with the ever-rising cost of copper, that may be finally changing.

Enter stainless steel, an American classic.

More and more, homeowners, businesses, and contractors alike are heading to steel pipe supply companies for their water conveyance needs. Surprisingly, they cite cost, among many other things, as one of their main reasons for changing. Stainless steel pipe prices may not be the same as copper, but as any contractor will tell you, many factors go into the final cost of a product.

First off, steel pipe is lighter than copper, so transporting it is cheaper. The initial savings here may be minimal, but for contractors who make repeated trips to steel pipe supply companies, this means big savings. Contractors will also be quick to note that stainless steel pipe is less likely to be stolen by worksite thieves, who have become a real nuisance to anyone installing copper in the last decade or so.

Home and business owners will also be happy to know that stainless steel pipe prices also lessen over the long term, for many reasons. Stainless steel pipe requires no coating, yet it resists both internal and external corrosion, meaning that it will last longer and require fewer repairs and replacements.

Stainless steel’s sturdiness also means that it can be laid over longer stretches than copper, a benefit of particular interest to owners of larger buildings. Longer pipes mean fewer connections, and fewer connections mean less leaking and less overall maintenance.

Stainless steel also has a lower coefficient of friction, meaning it yields higher water pressure at the point of use and is safer for drinking, with any leaching chemicals well below recommended limits.

And if these cost-reducing and health factors aren’t enough, business and home owners will be happy to know that stainless steel is completely recyclable material. After its use, or if a piece needs to be replaced, the old pipe may be sold to recoup some of its original cost.

Whether stainless steel pipes will begin flooding the market in the years to come is yet to be seen. However, one thing is certain: for copper, the pressure is on.

Facts About Sewer Pipe Bursting Technology

Sewer pipe bursting technology, also referred to as trenchless pipe excavation, has made some significant improvements over the past decade. Before, if you caught news that a local sewage pipe ruptured and needs repaired, you would instantly imagine (and expect) massive road demolition, extensive traffic congestion, long-term construction, and near-by commercial businesses taking a financial hit.

Sewer pipe repair used to be tedious, inconvenient, and messy; blocking popular high-traffic roadways and businesses and costing loads more money to accomplish. But with the latest advancements in plumbing pipe repair, there is a better and easier way of doing things now. Continue reading to learn more about trenchless pipe bursting technology and how it benefits companies, contractors, and various industries in terms of pipe repair and replacement.

Pipe Repair and Replacement

Trenchless pipe repair and replacement is the perfect solution to fixing damaged or problematic sewage pipes deep beneath the ground. Its process is quite simple actually: two holes are dug, one at each end of the section of piping that needs repaired. Then a remote-controlled machine is inserted into one hole and guided through the pipe until it’s near the second hole. If the pipe simply needs renovating or reinforcing, there are two easy methods:

  1. Insert a polyethylene tube after the machine is inserted, and then expand it or attach it to the inner walls of the existing piping using hot air or ultraviolet light.
  2. Spray an epoxy resin onto the inner walls of the existing piping.

For larger projects and repairs, these simple patching remedies won’t do. The level of repair and replacement must be kicked up a notch. This is where trenchless pipe bursting technology becomes most useful. Just like before, a remote-guided machine is inserted into one hole, but this time it has an auger attached to the front of it. It is directed through the path of the pipe, or the corrected path, slicing the existing pipe walls to shreds with thin blades. This forces the old piping to the side and allows new piping to be inserted and expanded. This eliminates several hazards and inconveniences, like ground heaving, heavy construction, massive demolition, and more.

If you are a commercial business or property owner that requires pipe repair and replacement services, be sure to trust only a licensed master plumber for the job. This kind of work requires a unique, comprehensive understanding of plumbing systems and pipe works that only master plumbers retain. Be sure they have more than 10 years of experience so they are familiar with the old and new versions of underground piping and sewage systems.

Tips to Prevent Water and Mold Damage From Burst Pipes

Now that winter is upon us, it is very important to take preventive measures against frozen pipes which can cause costly water damage to your home or business. Pipes commonly at risk of freezing are those in unheated areas, such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. As water freezes, it expands and the pressure can cause the pipe to crack or burst. In addition to the damage to your plumbing system, you will also be faced with a flood in your home or business. If not properly remediated, water damage can also cause mold infestation which is a health hazard.

Below are some tips to help keep pipes from freezing in the cold winter months.

A good way to prevent pipes from freezing is by not lowering your thermostat at night; keep the temperature the same day and night in extreme cold weather. If there is a water supply line in your garage, always keep the doors closed. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. When weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet to prevent freezing, especially if the pipe is exposed.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, keep the faucet open. Once you locate the frozen pipe, apply heat by using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe or a hair dryer. Always make sure that that the heating pad or hair dryer does not come in contact with water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. As the pipe is treated and the water begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Always check all faucets in your home to make sure the water is running, because if it is not, you might have additional frozen pipes. If one freezes, others might also freeze.

If you are traveling during the winter months for an extended period of time, one of the first things to do is make sure your heat is set to 55 degrees. Always have a neighbor check on your house to make sure the furnace is working and the heat remains at 55 degrees because if it goes below freezing, you run the risk of a broken pipe.

If you do experience a broken pipe, you must act quickly to prevent further water damage to your home or business. The first thing you must do is shut off the water immediately. Know where the water shut off valve is located and make sure all members of the household are aware of its location and how to shut it off.

If you experience water damage from a burst pipe, contact a local reputable water damage repair company right away. They can advise you on the proper steps to take to clean up and restore your home or business. Taking care of the problem right away can prevent the need for mold remediation later.