You may think high rise plumbing is like regular plumbing, but bigger. That’s actually far from the case! High rise plumbing comes with a unique set of challenges that need experience and expertise to be dealt with. What difference is there between a house and a high rise building’s plumbing? Let’s look at some!
- Pressure is a difficult situation in a high rise building’s plumbing. The water pressure at the top of the building can’t’ be nonexistent. The pressure at the bottom, likewise, can’t be too extreme. To keep water pressure throughout a high rise uniform, a great many methods must be implemented.
- Vertical piping is much agreed to be better than horizontal in a tall building. It uses less piping, less braces, and is more efficient at transporting water from floor to floor. However, vertical piping puts a lot of holes in the foundational slabs between floors. This can be a huge safety issue if the plumbing system isn’t designed well. It requires a lot of communication between plumbing experts and structural engineers.
- Drainage seems simple enough, right? The water goes down a pipe and out of the building. This is more or less true. The thing that makes it trickier than it sounds is taking air into consideration. The air in each drainage pipe must be displaced when water flows through it. The speed that it flows down vertical pipes is much higher than the speed through horizontal ones. That means water can back up when it hits these slower zones. It requires expert design to avoid this kind of issue.
So, as you can see, high rise plumbing is its own beast. You don’t want to hire just anyone to mess with your plumbing in a high rise. You want someone experienced and confident in their abilities. POM Plumbing is just that! If you need assistance with plumbing in a high rise, give us a call and let us know. We’re prepared to help with a number of things ranging from Kitec replacement to PRV repair and adjustment.