You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Gillette -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
Oh oh. There's water all over your new bathroom rug. The toilet is leaking too.
There's water coming through the downstairs ceiling after you take a shower.
What do you do?
These are real plumbing emergencies. No time to figure out how to do it yourself or wait for your brother-in-law to get home from work. But professional plumbers are so expensive.
But so is a new rug... or floor... or ceiling. Time to act fast.
What To Do In A Plumbing Emergency
You always want to know where your main shutoff valve is for your home. If things are looking really bad that's the first thing you want to know.
If it's just your toilet overflowing you can shut off the supply line to that particular plumbing fixture. It's usually right under the toilet itself. A sink is pretty much the same way.
1. Go to Google and type in "plumber clearwater". Of course instead of Clearwater use your local town or city.
2. Look to see who offers emergency service. They should have it right on their website. They should also have a number you can call and talk to someone quickly.
3. There's probably no time to check references so judge by how quickly they answer the phone (and also how professionally).
4. Make sure they are licensed. Ask them... "What is your license number. Actually you might see it right on their website. If you don't it may not be a good sign.
If you don't get good answer to these questions or you feel uncomfortable be careful.
CPVC Pipe Installation Tips From a Professional Plumber
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
The Importance of a Well-Designed Plumbing System