You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Lakewood -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 heating, air conditioning and plumbing are functioning properly, life can already be stressful enough. When any of these systems break down, so do your living conditions. Here are some of the common types of problems you might encounter throughout the year with your HVAC and plumbing systems and with appropriately qualified and experienced technicians, these can be easily fixed too.
Recurring Plumbing Problems/Repairs
Sounds silly, but one common problem we hear from our customers is noisy flushing toilets. You wouldn't think the potty would be a source of irritation or concern in a home or business - but it is. Abnormal sounds after flushing however are easily fixed. Typically we find out diagnosis is a damaged fill valve.
Another common plumbing repair through our business is running toilets. This means continuous water running even when the toilet is not in use and this causes massive water wastage. Our repair? We fix the defective flapper.
Another popular repair for us is the outdoor unit seems noisy. While heat pumps are meant to be noisy, typically there's always a trigger for strange or overly loud noises. This could be anything from the fan blade hitting something, to bad compressor valves or bad motors.
Even as HVAC and plumbing technology is improving and evolving, these systems will continue to require regular and/or emergency maintenance and repair from certified technicians.
What To Do During Plumbing Emergencies
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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