Category Archives: The Plumbing System

Replacing your old pipes

Old water pipes can leak and have low water pressure.  Some could even cause lead poisoning.

If you have a home that was built before 1986 and it has galvanized pipes.  You could have lead in your pipes.  Lead poisoning could cause developmental problems in babies and young children.  Adults could be affected by lead poisoning by experiencing  high blood pressure and kidney damage.

Old pipes could become clogged with sediment and mineral deposits over the years.  These contaminants will form on the pipes and cause low water pressure.

Acidic water will deteriorate the pipe inside out.  It could cause galvanized pipes to leak.

Rust and lead could cause drinking water to have an odd odor and taste.  It may even cause your clothing to be stiff and look dingy.

The best solution is to have a professional inspect your pipes.

You can contact Ace Hi Plumbing,Heating and Air in Northern Colorado.

We will be happy to come out and give you a free estimate.

 

 

 

Wall Faucets – Woodford Model 17 & Model 19

How A Standard Frost-Proof Faucet Works

The product is designed to be frost-proof when installed properly (with a slight downward pitch) and there is no restriction on the hose nozzle to prevent the faucet from draining. If a hose is attached during freezing weather, water is trapped inside the faucet which may cause the faucet to freeze and burst.

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 When the faucet’s valve in the closed position, the water is shut off several inches into the home. The water line does not freeze because of the heat in the home. The product cannot freeze because there is no water in the faucet. When the valve is turned off, all of the water in front of the valve drains from the faucet leaving the tube empty. Also shown is correct and incorrect installation and a frozen split tube condition when hose is left on during freezing weather.

 When a hose or other restriction is left attached, the water cannot drain from the faucet properly. As the temperature drops below freezing, the water in the faucet begins to freeze. The freezing conditions are applied from the outside of the house back toward the interior as the water continues to freeze. Once the water has frozen into the faucet itself, if the faucet has been shut off, there is no relief from this expanding pressure. Eventually the copper tubing will burst to relieve the pressure. No noticeable damage is visible in the home at this time. Only a few drops of water will leak through this bulge at the time of the bursting. Once the weather warms, the ice in the faucet will melt. Since the burst in the tubing is after the shut off valve, water will not leak out of the burst tubing until the water is turned on. Thus, there can be a considerable amount of time between the actual rupture of the tubing and the discovery of the problem.

Woodford Wall Faucets

Woodford manufacturers the best outdoor sill faucets and hydrants. Available with vacuum breaker and burst protection, Woodford has the best commercial and residential wall hydrants for all types of use.

Woodford Freezeless Wall Faucet Model 17

The Woodford 17CP-8-MH is a Model 17 Series freezeless wall faucet will not rupture when hose is removed and valve is shut off and features an anti-siphon for backflow prevention with a 1/2″ male thread or 1/2″ female copper inlet and has a powder coated cast aluminum handle and includes an integral backflow prevention device and uses an atmospheric vent and patented check to provide anti-siphon protection. The Woodford 17CP-8-MH is intended for year round residential irrigation purposes and has a 8″ rough-in or 9 1/4″ mounting depth.

The freezeless Woodford Model 17 is designed and intended for year-round residential irrigation purposes regardless of outside temperature. This faucet will not rupture from freezing when the valve is shut off and the hose is removed. The Model 17 contains an integral backflow protection device which protects up to 125 psi of backpressure and therefore does not require and add-on vacuum breaker.

  • Anti-siphon backflow device protects from any potential backpressure and contaminated water flowing back into the main line.
  • Stainless-steel seat to prevent faucet from leaking at the back of the faucet
  • Lead-free solder
  • Self Aligning flange
  • ASSE 1019 approved
  • Rubber packing prevents leaking behind the packing nut
  • Made in the USA

Woodford Freezeless Wall Faucet Model 19 

The Freezeless Woodford Model 19 outdoor wall faucet is designed and intended for year-round residential irrigation purposes regardless of outside conditions. A patented pressure relief valve (PRV) prevents bursting during freezing conditions, even if a hose is inadvertently left connected to the faucet. The faucet will still freeze, however it will not rupture. As a result, this product prevents water damage when hose is left on.

  • Pressure reducing valve  prevents faucet pipe from bursting when hose is unintentionally left on in freezing conditions
  • Anti-siphon protection-ASSE 10190
  • No-lead Solder
  • Powder-coated die-cast aluminum oval handle for strength
  • Adjustable polycarbonate wall flange
  • EPDM rubber packing helps prevent leaking behind the packing nut
  • Stainless-steel seat to help prevent wire draw
  • Integral backflow device protects up to 125 psi of backpressure, eliminating the need   for an add-on vacuum breaker
  • Made in USA

Warranty

All Model 19 Wall Faucets are sold with a limited warranty for five years against defects in material and workmanship. We will replace for inspection and found to be defective within 5 years of purchase from Woodford. In addition, Woodford will pay up to $5,000 toward the cost to repair damages incurred as a result of a defective Model 19 Wall Faucet that was properly installed.

This limited warranty does not cover defects caused by:

  • modifications,
  • alterations or repair of the product by anyone other than Woodford;
  • physical abuse to, or misuse of, the product or operation thereof in a manner contrary to the accompanying instructions.

HOW DOES PLUMBING WORK- ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING, INC.

HOW DOES PLUMBING WORK????

Plumbing follows the basic laws of nature — gravity, pressure, water seeking its own level. Knowing this, you can understand the  “mysteries”  to your own home’s plumbing system.

The plumbing system in your home is composed of two separate subsystems. One subsystem brings freshwater in, and the other takes wastewater out. The water that comes into your home is under pressure. It enters your home under enough pressure to allow it to travel upstairs, around corners, or wherever else it’s needed. As water comes into your home, it passes through a meter that registers the amount you use. The main water shutoff, or stop, valve is typically located close to the meter. In a plumbing emergency, it’s vital that you quickly close the main shutoff valve. Otherwise, when a pipe bursts, it can flood your house in no time. If the emergency is confined to a sink, tub, or toilet, however, you may not want to turn off your entire water supply. Therefore, most fixtures should have individual stop valves.

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IS YOUR KITCHEN SINK NOT DRAINING, BUT NOT CLOGGED?

“My kitchen sink has not been draining properly for months. When running the tap, the sink will fill up and drain very slowly.  We’ve put commercial drain cleaners down it (including an enzyme based one, which we were told is what you use if there is no actual blockage?), but they’ve done no good. Also tried a bucketload of caustic soda, which hasn’t solved the problem either. We were told that it could be a venting problem.”

A vent stack is the pipe (usually inside a wall) that goes right up through the roof. it allows vapors to escape the house. It also allows pressure equalization. That is to say, if you didn’t have this stack the drains will not work very well.
If it is the vent stack, and it is plugged, when you get it open it will allow air to equalize in the sink drain. This is very similar to your ears popping when you go up in a plane. The pressure outside your ears is lower than inside your ears so the ear drum “pops” from pressure. If you swallow hard you “equalize” the pressure. Well this is similar to the vent stack’s function. If the stack allows air out (and in at times) it then vents the sink so that when the sink drains it doesn’t need to “burp” or “build pressure to a head”.