Overhauling domestic piping

A thorough maintenance program for the pipe system greatly reduces the likelihood of network breakdowns. Leaks begin at the joints and unions where two parts are joined by faulty pipes. Other times, the issues are in the siphon, which gets clogged up with dirt over time and emits unpleasant odors.

Accessible components

All components must be reachable for the residential water system to be properly maintained. The upkeep of indoor domestic hot water and cold water for human consumption systems is governed by a variety of regulations. In this sense, it ascribes the completion of maintenance, cleaning, and disinfection chores to "sufficiently qualified employees," despite the fact that it provides a wealth of information to confirm that the suggested procedures are performed correctly.

Storage tanks, taps, and showers are the components that need to be inspected in the event of hot water. It is advised to open the faucets that are not in use at least once a week and let the water run for a few minutes because they should always be clean and functional.

Showers and faucets are also impacted by the cleaning and upgrading of the cold water network. Whenever feasible, the chlorine levels in this situation should also be examined. It must be at least 0.2 mg/l.

Cleaning and sanitizing

To make sure that the water complies with the necessary quality standards, a comprehensive overhaul entails assessing the conservation and cleanliness of the whole network. Cleaning is required if the pipes are clogged with debris or incrustations. When the installation is first placed into operation, after a shutdown of more than one month, after structural repair or modification, when a general overhaul makes it appropriate, and as specified by the health authority, this work should be performed at least once a year.

Cleaning essentially entails scrubbing the tank walls with certain cleaners and washing with fresh water. The damaged components might be fixed or replaced if they are not in excellent condition when this procedure is being performed. The pipes must have manholes, registers, or be located in easily accessible holes in order to do this.

Other advice

The upkeep of the network necessitates examining not just the condition of the pipes, taps, and showers but also that:

  • The stopcock within the house is placed in a convenient location for handling.
  • Limiting valves that stop the water pressure from rising over a certain maximum value are used to regulate it.
  • When an installation is out of commission for an extended length of time, the water connection is cut off.