How To Improve Your Plumbing System
If you are going to install your own plumbing, you must be sure of doing it correctly. Mistakes made during installation will likely come back to haunt you time and again as time passes. If you get it right the first time, you are sure to have a much more trouble free experience. This will save you money in the long run in terms of your own time spent and lost and money spent hiring professional plumbers should your do it yourself (DIY) plumbing efforts fail. You will also save water when you install your plumbing system properly. All in all, taking the time to learn about and do the job correctly will save you money and aggravation. Here, we will review some basics about DIY plumbing installation and improvement. Read on to learn more.
Proceed with caution when contemplating upgrading or replacing your home’s plumbing system. It is easy to break things and make mistakes that can add up to a hellish nightmare pretty rapidly. If your existing plumbing is old, the pipes might be very weak. This makes it easy to break them, so you must handle the entire operation very delicately. Begin by inspecting your existing system completely so that you know exactly what you are up against.
If you find that you do have old pipes, be sure to have two good wrenches on hand and always use a two-wrench technique when working with these delicate pipes. You can hold the pipe steady with one wrench while you adjust as needed with the other. This will help you prevent twisting and breaking old pipes. Proceed carefully and cautiously so that you will be able to tell if a pipe is about to break. Stop and strategize if you see this happening.
If your pipes are old and the weather is cold, warming them up with a torch is sometimes a good idea. When you do this, they become more flexible. This makes it easier to work on them, adjust them and repair them. Follow all safety precautions when you use a torch. Keep the setting reasonably low and direct the flame carefully. Get any loose materials such as insulation out of the way, and keep your fire extinguisher handy. A spray bottle of water is also a good thing to have on hand when using a torch. Use it to moisten wood around the repair in advance, and spray the entire area with water when you are done. This can help prevent fires caused by smoldering sparks and embers. Don’t seal off the repair area entirely immediately following the repair. Leave it accessible so you can check on it periodically until you are sure there is no lingering threat of fire.
Before you begin any plumbing repair, upgrades or replacements visit your county offices and have a look at the code books to make certain you are in compliance. It’s also a good idea to refer to the Uniform Plumbing Code as you work. Taking these precautions will help you understand the type of system that can be installed. Additionally, it will help you plan your job properly. Knowing the right order of work, the correct size of pipes to use and proper procedure for venting and installation helps make your work more professional and more efficient.
Repairing or upgrading an old plumbing system or installing a new one can be very challenging. If you take the time to inspect your situation, familiarize yourself with local codes and ordinances and understand the proper work procedures, it can save you a lot of time, money and hassle. Follow these smart tips to do the best DIY plumbing job possible.