Frequently when confronted with many different diameters of pipes, even an experienced plumber can get confused on what the exact size of the plumbing is. Needless to say, this is even more of a challenge for a typical homeowner. Of course, the challenge increases even more so when the pipes are located in a confined or hard to reach place. Guessing the wrong pipe size can need to needless expense, and a frustrating experience as well. A very simple tool called a slide caliper, and the Balkan Pipe Chart (see below) can save you a lot of aggravation.
A Slide Caliper Is An Easy To Use Tool
A slide caliper is an easy to use and precise tool. It requires not special training of skill, and many version actually gave an electronic readout. Knowing the pipe size you are measuring becomes easy and accurate when the Balkan Pipe Chart is coupled with using a slide caliper. Many versions of a slide caliper cost less than $10.00. For the purpose of measuring the outside diameter of plumbing, a slide caliper is recommended. That is because a slide caliper is exact, while under certain circumstances your eye alone can play tricks on you.
Pipe Material Affects The Outside Diameter Of Each Pipe
Also note that you must know the material the pipe that you are measuring is made out of. That is because different pipe materials have different pipe wall thicknesses. That is why all Balkan Field Representatives are equipped with both the tool and the chart. Sometimes situation arise where one is confronted with multiple different pipes, and frequently in confined spaces. Being properly equipped means on-point assessments, and correct work orders as well.
Use The Balkan Pipe Chart To Know Pipe Size
The below chart is super easy to use, and can be downloaded, or supplied to you via an email request. To mention again, it can get confusing to know the exact size of a pipe simply by eye. Poor lighting, and questionable accessibility can lead to mistakes. These mistakes can lead to purchasing the wrong size material, or even incorrect work orders. In worst case scenarios, it can mean having your water line taken apart, with service interrupted, only to discover the pipe size is different than you anticipated,
Another Helpful Tip In Knowing Your Pipe Size
Many components in your plumbing system, even branch lines, will have control valves. Each and every valve on a plumbing system will have its size labelled on the valve body. That is also a sure fire way to know the size of the pipe itself. You must make sure however that there is not a reducer or an increaser between the valve and the piping itself. In other cases the pipe size may be imprinted on the pipe itself. That is frequently the case with L type copper tubing.
Call An Expert To Know Your Exact Pipe Size
Like many plumbing tasks that may seem simple, you should be knowledgeable about your own skill level. Even simple plumbing tasks can develop into much more complicated affairs than one anticipated. Whenever work is needed on your water supply it is advisable to call a licensed plumbing professional. This is even more true when the work involves your water service line that connects to the street.
Just like your interior plumbing, a trusted and licensed water main contractor will know exactly what size line your property requires. This involves not only knowing the pipe size of your existing line, but the actual need of your your current plumbing system. Over the years plumbing fixtures may have been added to your home or building. In some cases the original water supply line may even have been undersized.
Balkan is “The Team You Trust”
The professionals at Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service will expertly calculate the proper size pipe your property requires. They will also make sure that the size meets code requirement as well. To do this, Balkan will carefully consider all aspects of your water service line installation. Even the length of the run of pipe is taken into consideration. This will all result in providing you with a proper flow of water, proper water pressure, and along lasting installation. Remember that all Balkan replacement work comes with a 10 year unconditional guarantee. After almost 70 years, and over 70,000 satisfied clients, Balkan is “The Team You Trust”.