PIPES AND SEWERS
What’s with the pool of water collecting in my yard?
When it comes to your main sewer lines and water lines, your peace of mind depends on them working properly. Sewer lines provide for the exiting of waste products from the home, while water lines deliver water to the home. The plumbing system, both water, and sewer, in your home, are attached to several fixtures, fittings, and appliances. All of these can cause potential problems, some serious. Problems like sewer backups, clogged lines, damaged pipes, as well as, issues with leaks, high water pressure, and low water pressure. At Kalka Plumbing, Heating, and Air, we provide effective solutions for all emergencies and minor headaches alike in Irvine, Orange County, and all surrounding cities.
Water pipes are made from a variety of materials including copper, plastic PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or Pex, polyethylene, or Galvanized steel. They deliver potable water from the street or well to all areas of your home for use in the kitchen, bath, laundry, and outside irrigation. These pipes often times are buried in the slabs of homes, in the walls and consist of joints, valves, and fittings that can lead to leaks.
Water lines are pressurized and more susceptible to leaks. In some cases, it is difficult to detect leaks without a closer inspection. Leaks can lead to low water pressure, water damage, increased bills and a waste of natural resources. And, in the colder areas of the country frozen pipes can be a major concern.
Many older homes use cast-iron sewer pipes that are susceptible to corrosion, cracks root intrusion, etc. Newer homes sewer pipes are generally made of plastic materials such as ABS (plastic) and polyethylene. They provide for the exiting of wastewater materials from kitchens, baths, and laundries to a sanitary sewer or septic tank system. The majority of residential sewer systems have pipes that rely on gravity systems where slight inclines in the piping allow for the flow of sewage to a further distribution point. These pipes consist of joints and fittings that can become damaged and leak. Sewer leaks can lead to unsightly odors and major messes.