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  • Lightning and Plumbing?

    Is there really a considerable danger being around plumbing in a thunderstorm?

    Example: Showering.

    What if all piping or the majority of it is non-metallic?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

    Originally posted by BobsPlumbing View Post
    Is there really a considerable danger being around plumbing in a thunderstorm?

    Example: Showering.

    What if all piping or the majority of it is non-metallic?

    Thanks.
    This is the main reason I don't shower and when I do it's only for a minute or less.

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    • #3
      Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

      Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
      This is the main reason I don't shower and when I do it's only for a minute or less.
      Living like Ben Franklin, huh?

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      • #4
        Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

        lightning is a very powerful and unstoppable force. if the least resistant path back to earth is your shower and you, then yes, there is a risk. there's always a risk. people here may remember the strike i had on the well head. the pump was bad, the plasma tv was cooked, computer parts roasted, misc other electrical supplies were blown, the gfci receptacle was fried. other things that were powered on were ok. it's not consistent.

        look at it this way...if you're hit - you may be dead, you may turn into a savant or your winkie may stand permanently at attention and you will need to see a doctor
        ~~

        ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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        • #5
          Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

          Originally posted by BobsPlumbing View Post
          Is there really a considerable danger being around plumbing in a thunderstorm?

          Example: Showering.

          What if all piping or the majority of it is non-metallic?

          Thanks.
          Is the pipe filled with water. Water conducts pretty good I think.

          It's breakdown voltage is somewhere between zero and 1 volt.
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          • #6
            Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

            http://www.break.com/video/lightning...slow-mo-551149

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            • #7
              Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

              Years ago I was leaned over a tub cutting a copper pipe for tub spout when lightning struck outside. My hand got knocked off the tubing cutters so hard my shoulder hurt for a week. It can happen.

              David

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              • #8
                Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

                Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                Is the pipe filled with water. Water conducts pretty good I think.
                Impure water conducts. Generally, the more free ions it has the better it will conduct. That's why they use saltwater on the electric chair and not de-ionized water.
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                ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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                • #9
                  Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

                  Originally posted by Plumber Punky View Post
                  Impure water conducts. Generally, the more free ions it has the better it will conduct. That's why they use saltwater on the electric chair and not de-ionized water.
                  And since you will find little pure water out there (rainwater is probably the purest available from nature) in the world it should be considered conductive.
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                  Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.
                  ---------------
                  “If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
                  ---------
                  "Its a table saw.... Do you know where your fingers are?"
                  ---------
                  sigpic http://www.helmetstohardhats.com/

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                  • #10
                    Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

                    There is a chance especially if its metallic. This is one of the reason why I chose plastics.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Lightning and Plumbing?

                      Originally posted by adelaine041 View Post
                      There is a chance especially if its metallic. This is one of the reason why I chose plastics.
                      I have no documentation but if:

                      - metal conducts, plastic doesnt
                      - there is no bonding of the water system
                      - impure water conducts

                      then you have a better chance of shock by lightning if there's no metallic pipe.
                      Last edited by Plumber Punky; 09-05-2013, 09:27 AM.
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                      ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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