3 Smart Decisions You Can Make About Your Home's Pipes

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Stef dela Cruz, MD 0 Comments

I shared previously how my home started showing signs of weakness. It started leaking in not one, not two, but three different areas!

It was my fault. I wasn’t too smart about the decisions I made.

smart home decisionsYou don’t have to be in my shoes, however. Make these three smart decisions and I’m telling you, you will save on repairs in the years to come!

“Leaky pipes at home? It won’t happen to me”

You’re thinking, “Well, that’s not going to happen to me. I won’t have leaks in my own house!” How sure are you? Leaks are an age issue – they reveal themselves only when you’re so convinced your house is perfect.

If you’re renting, buying property, or having a new house built from scratch, here are a few things you should be hands-on about so that you don’t end up in my wet, water-clogged shoes.

1. Make sure the pressure-line pipes don’t leak water in the next ten years

Many non-revenue water pipes don’t have built-in gaskets. For the construction-uninitiated, a gasket is a seal that keeps two pipes connected to each other.

built-in gasketA built-in gasket works better at preventing leaks between pipes even when contents are under pressure.

The problem with pipes that do not have built-in gaskets is that they easily lead to leaks. When the gaskets are not built into the pipes, preventing water leaks becomes a problem.

Neltex pressureline pipeRemember: The best pipes are those that make you forget they exist.

If you’re having a house constructed, ask for pipes with built-in gaskets, such as those being offered by Neltex. The cost is about 20 percent more than regular pipes, but the Neltex variety will last about 50 years! These pressure line pipes with built-in gaskets will definitely be worth it.


2. Ensure that your poop remains in the pooper

Water leaks are one thing. Sewer leaks are another thing altogether!

Imagine having soggy soil contaminated with human excreta just because the sewer line pipes are leaking. Goodbye, beautiful home!

Unfortunately, our country is currently using reinforced concrete (RC) pipes for sewer lines. You know those big cement tubes you see near construction sites? Yep, those are the ones our government is using right now.

Oh, and remember how many of those cement pipes actually crack and break? Imagine all the breaking and cracking underground… and imagine the human waste positively leaking from them.

Ask your contractor to use stronger sewer line pipes, such as the ones provided by Neltex.

Neltex sewerline pipeThe Neltex sewer line pipe is the first of its kind! It’s made of material unlike any other. Another plus: It has a 500 millimeter diameter – that’s about 20 inches!

Here are a few perks of using the unique Neltex sewer line pipe:

  • They help you achieve proper sloping. The Neltex sewer line pipes are 6 meters long instead of the rather short 1-meter concrete pipes. In other words, the Neltex pipes need less joints, which leads to a more stable angling.
  • They are easier to install. Instead of installing six separate 1-meter pipes, you just need to install one (because it’s 6 meters long).
  • They don’t get damaged like their concrete counterpart. RC pipes get chipped. Made of a sturdy material which is the first of its kind, the Neltex sewer line pipe won’t get damaged as easily.
  • They are lead-free. All Neltex pipes are lead-free since 2014 – they follow the directive issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources!
  • They don’t contribute to flooding. When the soil is saturated with sewerage, it can’t absorb rain. Using stronger sewer line pipes ensure that we’re flood-ready!


3. Ask about underground electrical conduit pipes

Thanks to climate change, the electrical wires hanging from our posts may get damaged the moment another super typhoon comes along. Why not try underground pipes that protect electrical wires from environmental damage?

Electrical conduit pipes fit for underground use can keep you from losing power during storms. The ones offered by Neltex boast of a water-tight fit using power-lock technology!

Neltex electrical lineDuring earthquakes, these pipes sway up to a five-degree angle to prevent damage. Always remember how many earthquakes you get in a year… and compare it to the number of typhoons you get in the same period.

Neltex: A direct pipeline to smart construction

I learned all this when I went to the World Trade Center to attend this year’s Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition, commonly dubbed WORLDBEX 2015!

WORLDBEX 2015WORLDBEX is a yearly event where architects, engineers, contractors, students, and home owners convene to check out the latest services, design, construction materials, development, and equipment.

Stef dela CruzI saw the Neltex corner and was immediately drawn to the transparent window display.

I remember two years ago when we were challenged to destroy a Neltex pipe using a sledgehammer – none of us succeeded. To date, nobody has ever successfully destroyed that darned pipe in the Neltex “Hataw” challenge!

By the way, we have every reason to support Neltex – they are doing their part to be eco-friendly! They have the biggest factory of lead-free pipes in the whole of Southeast Asia. This factory, by the way, is located in Cavite – it’s 17 hectares of real estate meant for the creation of lead-free pipes.

Neltex has always been a leader when it comes to pipes. By all means, don’t take my word for it! Ask a trusted architect or contractor about Neltex!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.