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October 16, 2019

Nashville, TN – Common Plumbing Joint Types And How To Repair When They Leak

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This post will cover how to fix some of the most common plumbing leaks you might be facing in your home or business. Before we cover the type of leaks you might have, a very relevant and influential topic that accompanies the origins of your leaks are the joints of the plumbing fixtures that are coming to leak.

Joints, in the plumbing world, refer to the parts that connect pieces of plumbing together whether or not they are made of like or unlike materials. One of the most common plumbing joint is the IPS joint. IPS stands for Iron Pipe Size. An IPS joint that is made of brass, otherwise known as a “nipple”, would typically be found in water distribution systems for you home. If you are experiencing a leak the nipple, and the pipe is not damaged, dented, or otherwise destroyed, you can seal the leak using Teflon tape. Applying the tape to the threads of the pipe helps to seal up the connection between the pipes to prevent water from leaking. Another material that can be used is “pipe dope” or pipe thread sealant, applied similarly like the tape using s brush tip applicator from the container of sealant.

Another common type of joint you might see in your plumbing system is a compression joint. A compression joint is a mechanical joint, meaning that it takes a good amount of pressure when tightening together for the ferrule (a small brass ring like piece that fits to the pipe by way of being secured by a tightened nut) to get a strong enough grasp on the pipe to do its job. Once applied tight enough, it basically acts as part of the pipe itself. If the ferrule or nut is compromised badly enough from damage, there can be a leak. Once a compression joint is tightened to the pipe, it remains in place until it is
loosened, then at which point it needs to be removed as it becomes unusable. If you find your compression joint is leaking, it may be time to cut the pipe to apply a new one.

Lastly, another common type of joint you might see in your home’s plumbing is called a soldered joint. The joint of these pipes looks like a bend in the line, or an elbow. Any leaks in a joint like this mean that either the joint itself was soldered poorly, or there is a substantial amount of age corrosion in the joint. In order to fix a leak at this joint, you may have to replace the joint itself and perform a satisfactory sealing job.

The three previous types of piping and common leak problems for homeowners from these pipes are easy enough to prevent or repair. No matter if you use a special kind of tape or new pieces for the joint, they can be repaired easily enough considering they are not corroded or broken in any major way. If you are not the DIY type, or would like to make sure that the pipes are professionally repaired to avoid any problems in the near future, give Jack Ward & Sons a call today at (615)-227-2811. Schedule a plumbing evaluation and we will make sure your plumbing is back up and running in no time!


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