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Signs of trouble "when choosing untested pipes, connectors"

KAN-therm GmbH's Dominik Schäfer, and KAN Group's Marcin Rozko on construction decisions and their consequences

“Similar to living creatures, the network of life-giving pipes within buildings are invisible, hidden in the “bodies” of buildings"
KAN Group
“Similar to living creatures, the network of life-giving pipes within buildings are invisible, hidden in the “bodies” of buildings"

Whenever people begin constructing houses, they tend to focus on what is tangible and in sight – the last, finishing elements. They concentrate mostly on design and overall cost saving. 

Hardly anyone pays attention to the quality of systems hidden inside walls and floors. They wrongly assume that if something is not visible, it is also less important and hence, can save money. However, such an approach could eventually cost a fortune.

With limited budgets, construction stakeholders tend to compromise to reduce costs. Such temptation to seek savings most often affects water supply and heating installations.

In addition, the fact that contemporary sanitary, cooling, and heating systems work as specific circulatory systems of homes and flats are often ignored, which can have a significant impact on the comfort of use.

“Similar to living creatures, the network of life-giving pipes within buildings are invisible, hidden in the “bodies” of buildings, providing them with warmth and life-sustaining water,” the head of the Technical Department of KAN-therm GmbH, Dominik Schäfer explains.

Most often, especially in the case of distribution systems, water supply and heating pipes become mere elements of construction because they are walled up or run in the floor screeds.

Schäfer adds: “Users do not realise that they have water streams floating in pipes inside the walls and beneath their feet. If any element of that system fails prematurely, it is impossible to simply and easily replace it with a new one as you do with light bulbs, washbasins, or heaters.”

Such problems cause a lot more damage. Cutting corners may save money up front, but it will cost a lot in the future.

Therefore, it is worth considering long-term consequences of decisions while calculating the budget. The costs of proper installation systems amount to only 2% of the total investment, and therefore must not be construed as a burden that needs to be reduced.

Due to a relatively low price of installations – in comparison to other necessary construction and finishing elements – it is reasonable to look for savings elswhere. If cheaper but short-lived materials are chosen, the savings are minimal while the risk is great.

In such a case, if one element of a lower price system breaks, the removal of damages caused by water, including dampness, system repair, renovation of floors and walls, may cost up to 70% of the value of investment, in addition to causing a lot of undue inconvenience and stress.

From this perspective, one can surmise that it is simpler to change furniture or ornaments, than inbuilt installations, which are essentially long-term decisions bearing long-term consequences.

Hence, when the time comes to plan a new investment, it is important to focus first on high-quality basic elements such as foundations, and internal systems, which would be expensive or arduous to replace when the construction is completed and only then move on to the interior.

Research studies have shown that every € 1 (AED4) spent on poor installation could generate as much as € 20 (AED80) of additional costs in the future, in the form of repairs or increased daily maintenance. This is why, first and foremost, it is necessary to choose verified solutions that have a certified quality.

Group KAN is an experienced producer and supplier of modern solutions and installation systems recognised in Europe. System KAN-therm elements have been manufactured for approximately 30 years. Their products are not only strictly supervised by an advanced company laboratory, but are also tested by external laboratories.

Various certificates, including the German DVGW, French QB, British WRAS, and others, confirm the quality of SYSTEM KAN-therm.

“This is a crucial  point to consider as some pipeline installation systems have unclear warranty terms and conditions, and claim quality that has not been verified in long-term conditions,” warns Marcin Rozko, the market executive manager of GCC & Asia at KAN Group, Marcin Rozko.

“These are signs of trouble that unaware users expose themselves to when choosing untested pipes or connectors,” Rozko concludes.

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