How to remove a leaking water pipe
How to properly remove a leaky water pipe from your home?
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Read moreNews in ScienceWater pipes are often the source of leaks that have been reported to authorities in recent years, but they are not always the problem.
A new study by researchers at the University of Washington found that when a leak in a pipe causes damage to its surrounding structure, the water pipe can sometimes fail to open up.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Engineering, looked at the rupture of eight water pipes at homes in the Seattle area.
The pipes were used to supply the city’s water system, as well as to provide drinking water to nearby residents.
The researchers found that while the majority of leaks in the study occurred at homes where water was piped from a nearby well, the majority were caused by a leaking or broken pipe.
“The main reason for these leaks is that they’re either in the pipe itself or are part of a system that’s broken,” said Dr David Shulman, lead author of the study.
“They can cause damage to the plumbing and water system or even a rupture in the system.”
The study found that, of the eight leaks in their study, seven of them were caused when the pipe was broken.
The water pipe was repaired with a piece of plastic, and the next time the pipe opened up, it was completely dry.
In the case of the remaining seven leaks, the pipe could not be opened up without causing damage to nearby structures, the study found.
“We found that water pipes that are not used for a long time, and where water is piped to a well, can fail, and that those pipes can fail because they’re not well designed and not well maintained,” Dr Shulmen said.
“So, the first thing we need to do is fix the pipes.”
The results of the research suggest that the pipes that were the most likely to fail were those used for irrigation, or for pumping water from a well.
“This study shows that there is a lot of pressure for the industry to do more with their infrastructure,” Dr Mark Fung, a research scientist at the UW School of Engineering and Applied Science, said in a statement.
“These studies should also raise questions about the long-term sustainability of the infrastructure, as they’re a way of identifying problems and improving the water quality of water sources.”
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