You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Danville-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
The word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead 'Plumbum'. The first signs of plumbing on a mass scale were evident in ancient Rome where they initially made use of aqueducts and gravity to get water from high altitudes to cities such as Rome. As plumbing developed the Romans began to use lead pipes, which prevented outside contaminants from getting into the water supply and allowed water to be transported under greater pressure. Plumbing has progressed greatly since then and now incorporates a large scale of activities. Most of the developments in plumbing however, have only taken place within the last century. Up until the eighteenth century and in isolated cases the nineteenth century many plumbing systems were still making use of lead pipes which itself contaminated the water and caused lead poisoning.
Most people are familiar with plumbing on a micro scale such as the plumbing mechanisms found in a house, but don't understand how they work, or just don't have the tools and capacity to fix them. Many plumbers and unqualified entrepreneurs make a living by fixing domestic plumbing systems. These jobs can include anything from fixing leaks and unblocking sewage systems to the installation of geysers.
Where to Find a Local List of Plumbers
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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