Plumbing issues are not fun. That is why when people choose to protect their pipes they most often use a pipe hanger. This holds the pipes securely in place so that they do not have a lot of pressure on them. Even if the water pressure coming into your home or office fluctuates throughout the day when the pump kicks on and off.
What Are Pipe Hangers?
Pipe hangers are exactly what the name implies. They are metal clamps and hooks that support the pipes as they travel up to your bathroom or sink faucets. They are used to keep some of the pressure off your pipes so that they are not left hanging down, if they must be brought up one side of the cabinet and stretch across the top of your bathroom vanity to the faucets. Under a house or office, they also work to keep the pressure off as water lines tee off into different directions.
Why Are They Necessary?
Most people do not realize how important a pipe hanger is. Honestly, they really do not seem important because of the thickness of some pipes. However, if you leave pipes hanging over a long period of time, you will start to see them sag and warp. The pipe hanger is designed to prevent this from happening. By preventing this, you are less likely to have fittings that come loose and less chances of pipes breaking because the pressure finally has become too much for them to handle. This is because most pipes have to deal with a variety of issues including water surges that may happen if your pump kicks in, varying amounts of water being pushed through them, and at times even the changes between hot and cold water.
When You Should Use Pipe Hangers
Many plumbers will put a pipe hanger in areas that are likely going to sag over time when they first do the plumbing in a home or business. This means if you have a new building, you should not have to worry about whether your pipes are supported or not. If you live or work in an older building, you should check the pipes under it and anywhere within your home or office that you can see the pipes. If there are any areas that are sagging, you should put a hanger in that area before it gets any worse. However, if you find an area of pipe that is sagging a substantial amount, you will also want to consider checking anywhere that two pipes come together or areas where there are fittings that bend. This is to ensure that there has not been any separation that could allow water to drip out around the fittings.
If you do notice an area that is sagging, as long as there is no water dripping around it, you should not need a plumber to help you repair it. A pipe hanger can be purchased at any hardware store and they are easy to attach in most cases.