You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Mequon -until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
If you have owned your own home, business or rental properties for any length of time, then you probably know that there are certain plumbing repair jobs that simply shouldn't be tackled by anyone but professionals. Serious repair and replacement problems, such as hot water heaters, gas and water lines, or sewer cleaning, require a professional plumber to do properly and safely. Although you might spend a bit more money in the short run by hiring a plumbing company, you will probably save time, effort and money in the long run by getting the job done the right way and preventing damage to your property.
For most plumbing projects, though, you would be surprised at just how easy and feasible it is for you to do a little research and complete the repairs yourself. That may sound a bit intimidating to someone who hasn't ever done any plumbing work, but learning how to maintain your own sinks, toilets, showers and other equipment is not a difficult thing to do. With some simple study time and a little practice, you could save significant amounts of money on service calls that you would otherwise spend for very rudimentary plumbing repairs.
If you do decide to perform any plumbing maintenance in your home without professional help, just make sure that there is no potential danger to your property or your personal health if you make a mistake. You should feel confident that you have the ability and expertise to get the job done correctly, and be well educated about the plumbing tools you are using and the units you are working with.
Finding a Local Plumber Near You
People often have questions about installing CPVC pipe. They need new water lines and want to know if CPVC pipe is a good choice. Many want to know if it is really as easy to install CPVC plumbing as it looks. I mean, it requires no special tools and is really easy to put it together. You just glue it together, what could be easier?
Like most things in life, it's not quite that simple. The truth is, CPVC pipe is a perfectly good product and can be an excellent choice for water pipes, but you do need to know a few things to do it right. For starters, you need to be able to properly size the pipe in your system and you need to be able to design the piping layout efficiently. There are also some things you need to know about CPVC piping installations in particular.
Here are a few tips to help you get a good system.
Strap It Right
Strap CPVC every 4' horizontally and at least once between the floor and ceiling vertically. Use plastic support hooks and get the kind that hold the pipe a little off of the wood. CPVC expands and contracts like all plastic pipe and if it is fastened too tightly against the framing it can make a lot of popping and squeaking noises as time goes on.
Stay Away From Heat Sources
Don't run CPVC pipes too close to heat sources, such as can lights or flue vents. A good rule of thumb is to stay at least 12" away from these kinds of things.
Check All Products For Compatibility
Last of all make sure that any pipe dope or other chemicals that come into contact with any part of the piping system are approved and listed as safe for CPVC. Some chemicals can have a damaging effect on the plastic pipe, causing failures months and even years later. That doesn't mean CPVC is not a good product, just pay attention to what you use with it.
These tips should help your next CPVC project be a success!
Copyright 2008 Bryan Stevens
Saving Money With Do it Yourself Plumbing