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
There is nothing worth than springing a leak. If you are a resident in Portland this problem can be exasperated by the fact that you have no idea which plumber to turn to.
While this service is absolutely necessary finding a reputable, trustworthy, and experienced plumber in this city can be difficult. Looking in the phone book alone will not cut it. There are over two hundred listings for "plumbing" in the Portland Dex phone book and they all say the exact same thing. Scan through the first fifty ads and count how many times you see "our customers love us," "excellent customer service," and "best in town." If you went by what every person says about themselves you would swear that the president of United States was going to nominate them.
So, this begs the question, how do you find a solid plumbing company?
The following are three basic and easy suggestions that you should follow in order.
Ask a potential plumbing company for at least three references. Once you get to this point you should be 80% sure you want to go with this company. But, this should be the final test. If a plumber or plumbing company is as good as they say then several RECENT former customers should be able to validate that. It is not about not trusting someone. It is about understanding that the society we live in is not the most honest it has historically been and people, businesses included, will say anything.
Due Diligence Will Get You A Quality Company
By slowing down and taking a little bit of time you can find a great plumbing company. There are many good ones and there are more than a few bad ones around town. Your job is to find the people who take pride in their job and have built a solid reputation.
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
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