You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Oshkosh -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
When your toilet will not flush, you no doubt want to resolve the problem immediately. Most people discover that their toilet won't flush after using it, so there is a pertinent need to flush away the contents in the bowl. Upon discovering that your toilet is not functioning properly, you may consider trying to resolve the issue on your own. There are a few basic troubleshooting steps that you can take.
Inspect the Toilet
If you lift the lid off of the toilet cover, you may identify the problem with your toilet. Check the flapper to ensure that it is connected to the chain. You can also check the chain to make sure that it is connected to the lever. If not, connect the chain to these two parts. If this is not the cause of your issue, you can check the flapper to ensure it is creating a tight seal with the tank. In some cases, the flapper has become warped with time. In other cases, the rim around the hole has become dirty, and the dirt will need to be removed.
When to Call for Assistance
Some toilet issues can easily be resolved by simply inspecting the toilet and looking for visible issues. In other cases, however, the toilet will require more significant service. In order to function properly, the toilet has to have tight seals, the pipes have to provide ample water and take away waste water and more. Issues with the flapper and lever may be easier for a homeowner to identify and repair, but they are not the only issues that your toilet may have. If you have attempted to troubleshoot your toilet flushing issues on your own without success, it may be time to call for professional assistance from a reputable local plumbing company. A plumber can be called to your home for toilet repair services. Keep in mind that if your home only has one toilet, you should consider requesting emergency repair services.
By calling a plumber to your home, he can easily diagnose your system and provide you with insight regarding why the toilet is not working. Further, you can receive a quote for the cost of repairs. Many plumbing professionals travel in a well-stocked truck or van, and they may arrive at your home with the parts needed to repair the toilet immediately. It can be bothersome and inconvenient to contend with a non-functioning toilet in your home. However, by attempting to troubleshoot your toilet on your own and calling for professional assistance when necessary, you can easily correct your plumbing issues.
New Technology in Plumbing
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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