Residential Plumbing Advice
Many of us are coworkers in the week and handymen/ladies over the weekend. Even if you’re an expert in doing these jobs or projects, you might struggle with some “technical” issues or might not have the right equipment and hire someone to take the load off your hands.
When your next shift involves any plumbing, don’t be intimidated and do it yourself, These easy tips may help you conquer your upcoming plumbing shift:
1. If you can’t cut it, reheat it
The majority of our home’s plumbing consists out of copper piping, simply because it’s cheaper to bend and solder together (even cheaper than PVC). The ideal way to remove these soldered pipes is to cut it but sometimes that’s not the case.... an alternative is to reheat it. With your safety gear on, preheat the pipe and pull it off the fitting while the solder melts.
2. Replace metal with plastic
Many old homes may have metal drain lines for plumbing, it’s no problem but over time and use it will start to erode. Unlike metal, PVC plastic is cheap and easy, we can highly recommend it when a replacement is due.
3. Piggyback on old plumbing
Over a long period of time, it’s common that many of the mechanisms of old closing valves will begin to seize. To avoid replacing these fixtures and removing plumbing, simply add onto it. Close the main supply line and drain your pipes, add a new valve onto the old one and you’re done.
4. Fix pesky clogs
At times drain-cleaner can only do so much until you’ll start having a constant draining problem. One of these options is to use your vacuum cleaner to suck out the clog otherwise to invest in a shaft pick up tool might be your best option.
5. Don’t overtighten fittings
Many of us will add our fittings, tighten it hard and think that there’s no chance of leaking... well guess again. Overtightening these fittings can cause more damage that may strip and break seals and fittings. The best way is to tighten it is by hand, check for leaks and then tighten the rest of the way with pliers.
6. The right way to use tape
Never use regular tape if you want to create a seal between fittings. Plumbers tape is an absolute must. When using plumbers tape, apply it clockwise around the threads to ensure it not to tear. About three layers around the pipe are enough for a tight seal and don’t use it on places where compression is involved, the seal will break.
At times you’ll be amazed what you can do yourself, don’t be scared of trying to fix it first, you can always call for help if you really need it later.