Up-to-date plumbing: 8 tips to prevent water leakage
The plumbing of condominiums can be the great villain of the soap opera that can turn the water leak if the hydraulic maintenance is not up to date. Before this happens, compromising the condominium’s trust in the manager and also the condominium budget, we will give 8 tips to prevent leaks in the condominium’s hydraulic network. Follow up!
8 tips to prevent water leakage in the condominium:
1. Investing in technology to combat waste can be a great way to prevent leaks in the condominium’s hydraulic network.
Show the unit owners that some initiatives, like the ones below, bring economic benefits:
Prefer the energy-saving equipment that exists on the market to be placed in the consumption points of the units and common areas;
Always perform diagnostics of the facilities, especially if your condominium is older;
The toilet flushes, alongside the showers, are the champions of unnecessary waste. If your condominium is over 13 years old, it probably consumes more than 6 liters per activation, which can reach 15;
Replace flushing systems and basins with double-drive, 3 and 6 liter bins for liquid and solid waste. With modernization, the drop in consumption can reach 50%;
Schedule the daily reading of water meters to identify any leaks and promote changes in consumption habits.
2. Infiltration also need to be 100% resolved so there is no harm on top of harm:
Most of the leaks that cause these infiltration are caused by old pipes, which were made of iron. They deteriorate and, over time, break.
3. Beware, too, of accidental perforations in the walls:
These can occur, for example, during a simple cabinet installation. The water flows through the pipe and penetrates the masonry, which can affect several units.
4. Keep an eye on taps and valves:
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5. Assess by hiring a specialized company if it is not time to:
- Completely overhaul the keg;
- Replace the cast iron cold water pipe with copper;
- Channeling and pressurizing the water from the springs that pour into the basement to the ground floor, to water the gardens and wash the floors;
- Change the central hot water circulation system, thus avoiding heat loss;
- Replace all water plummets with copper;
- Waterproofing the reservoirs, hiring a company specialized in waterproofing and offering the greatest guarantee and safety.
7. Always keep essential maintenance procedures up to date, to ensure the full functioning of the facilities:
- Clean and disinfect water tanks every six months or when foreign bodies or any change in the appearance of water are detected;
- Clean pressure regulating valves annually;
- Replace the internal components of the pressure regulating valves every three years, following the manufacturer’s guidelines;
- Replace iron piping, which oxidizes, with copper piping;
Note changes in noise and vibration that can indicate bearing problems;
- Regularly check the priming pit pumps, which capture rainwater in the last subsoil. These wells need to be cleaned whenever they show signs of internal dirt accumulation.