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Water Systems in All Buildings Types of Water Systems Domestic Irrigation Fire Suppression
Water Pressure • Water pressures vary • Often >80 psi • Normal is 50 – 75 psi • High pressure damages pipes and fixtures
Distributing Water to You • Mainlines • Branch lines • Angle stops
Hot Water Systems – Water Heaters Major methods of heating water in buildings: Water Heaters Boilers with Storage Tanks Tankless Water Heaters
Hot Water Systems – Boilers Major methods of heating water in buildings: Water Heaters Boilers with Storage Tanks Tankless Water Heaters
Hot Water Systems – Tankless Major methods of heating water in buildings: Water Heaters Boilers with Storage Tanks Tankless Water Heaters
Safety Device – Pressure Relief • Opens and releases water if temperature or pressure becomes too high
Leaks • Leaks occur • Copper corrodes and wears out • Easily repaired by replacing pipe section
Stoppages • Isolated • Part of a larger issue where number of fixtures affected
Toilet Stoppages • Too large load • Flushing feminine products/wipes • Foreign objects • Older toilets
Urinal Stoppages • Pull the urinal • Snake the line • Check and clear the trapway • Urinary salts • Chewing gum • Calcium
Shower Stoppages • Stoppages in tailpiece and trap • Due to hair buildup • Cleared easily with drill snake
Lavatory and Kitchen Sink Stoppages • In first few feet of piping • Can be in strainer • Possibly in trap or trap arm going in wall
Mainline Stoppages • Which fixtures affected? • Men’s room • Women’s room • Single floor • Whole building
Causes of Mainline Stoppages • Flushing paper towels, etc.
Causes of Mainline Stoppages • Flushing paper towels, etc. • Root intrusion
Causes of Mainline Stoppages • Flushing paper towels, etc. • Root intrusion • Waste build-up
How to Reduce Stoppages • Install disposals for feminine products • Post signs not to flush paper towels, wipes, etc.
How to Reduce Stoppages • Educate tenants on proper use of garbage disposals
How to Reduce Stoppages • Set up routine maintenance
Materials Used • Cast iron • Combination of cast iron and copper
Causes of Sewer Odor • Floor drains • Exposed piping in ceiling • Wax seals at toilets If nothing is discovered in these areas, conduct a smoke test.
What Is a Smoke Test? • Forcing smoke-filled air into a drain system so that escaping smoke can detect problem areas.
Water Savings Opportunities Energy Policy Act of 1992 • Low-flow plumbing fixtures • Aerators for faucets • Reduced-flow shower heads
Water Savings Opportunities Energy Policy Act of 1992 • High-efficiency toilets • Urinal flush valves or waterless urinals • Pressure regulators
How “Healthy” Is Your Building? Where does your building stand? • ADA compliant • Rest rooms • Kitchens • Showers • Overall water usage
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