Just a question of general observation more than a specific question.
In general do more water lines burst/leak/give way/explode/(come on I need
another adjective here) when pressure to the line is fluctuating? I'm
wondering if shutting off the water at the meter is traumatic to the lines
more so than the water pressure dropping during the day because all your
neighbors take a dump at the same time or because the city is fooling around
with the pumps.
Is it better to open and shut water valves slowly rather than quickly to
avoid sending pressure spikes or does it not matter?
I can't help with the grammar, or spelling, but I can say that it is
true that a water line will be more likely to bust when the pressure is
increasing. However, any pipe or plumbing fixture that is going to bust due
to daily pressure fluctuations is going to bust anyway very very soon.
Shutting off your water at the main every day would be far more likely to
cause various problems that it would to reduce them.
I don't know why you are going back to the drawing board; we all
know that your galvanized pipes are just waiting to do you dirty at
1:37 AM within the next couple of weeks. All the while your blue PEX
is just chillin'.
Yeah, I'm sure the lines will be there wondering when the next drink
will come... :)
Pressure fluctuations of the type/magnitude you're describing are so
well within operational/design/manufactured spec's as to be
essentially constant pressure. A water hammer on a closing valve is
far more of a shock than a system-wide pressure fluctuation...
Find something else to worry over...
On Mon, 04 Jun 2007 02:13:36 -0000, " email@example.com"
One frozen copper pipe split (not related to valves).
Numerous leaks at valves .. when I have turned them (packing) :)
The plastic handle for a water softener by-pass valve snapped one day
and I had one heck of a water mess. I now use metal handles.
..through the use of electrical or duct tape, achieve the configuration in the
I can't see that it makes a difference either way.
If you turn them off, they can't burst in the middle of the night; but I
hate what they do when you run water for the first time.
I expect vitually everyone leaves the water on; so if you are taking a
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