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Basic Plumbing and Sewer Problems

There are many common problems that may occur with any given plumbing or sewer system. These problems range from simple clogs to burst pipes. In some instances, there may even be tiny pressure leaks due to improper clamping procedures or small holes that are hard to locate.

Freezing Pipes

This is a common problem for many people, and will afflict a large number of homes and businesses over the course of any given winter. There are a few measures to prevent pipe freezes but it is important to remember that these measures must be completed fully in order for them to work.

  • Insulate pipes in areas that are not heated. Cracks and breaks in pipes are formed when ice is formed inside of them. Insulating the pipes will help maintain the temperature within the pipes.
  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses prior to turning off the outside faucets for the winter season. If the building has internal shut-off valves that lead to these outside faucets turn those off and drain the line prior to turning off the faucets.
  • Use an insulation kit for outside faucets to prevent warping and breakage.
  • Flush out the water in your water heater in the fall. This will remove some of he sediment trapped therein, and improve its working lifespan.
  • When you leave home for an extended period of time in the winter months shut off the main water valve. Once this is done, open the faucets at the highest and the lowest points of the building. This will remove the water from the lines and help to prevent freezes.

Sewer Back-up Issues

Most of the time when the plumbing and sewer backs up there is a clog in the line somewhere. In many instances simply using a drain snake will fix this issue. Similar concerns occur when a garbage disposal system backs up and the water seal evaporates. This issue will cause the scent of rotting bio-matter to permeate throughout the home. There are several items to keep in mind in order to fix the situation or to prevent these scenarios from occurring.

  • Do not pour grease down your drains. This is a very important preventative measure as grease will often harden and clog sewer lines. It also causes chemical issues and may lead to contamination concerns.
  • If the garbage disposal system is giving off an odor this will normally mean that the water seal that traps the scent of the disposal has evaporated. A bucket of water should be poured into the traps for the disposal, sinks, and bathtub periodically in order to flush the system and restore the water seal.
  • Do not allow solid food articles to enter a sink drain line. Solid food articles such as beans or macaroni entering drain lines may lead to the same issues as pouring grease down the sink.
  • Periodically using a drain cleaning solution will save a great deal of time and frustration later. These substances help remove hard water residue and loosen other types of clogs as well.

Tips for Choosing Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures

Creating The Right Bathroom

If you are remodeling or designing a bathroom, there are many things to decide, and some of them need must be finalized before you even start the project. It is an exciting time picking and choosing through the different bathroom plumbing fixtures, but because there are so many choices out there, it can also be a daunting task. How do you know where to start and how much can you do on your own? You came to the right place. We’ll give you all the know-how you need to get started on your project.

There are many options to look through before choosing the ones that will be right for your needs. Look through design, price, and how long it will last. As you are browsing think of your plumbing and sewer needs: how long will the material last, how many holes for valves will be needed, and how easy it will be to install if you are installing yourself. Finally, when you know what you are looking for, make sure you visit a storeroom to see firsthand how the final installed product appears.

When you are initially thinking everything through, start by making a check list of things you need before finishing the project. The main categories are:

∙ Bathroom plumbing fixtures

∙ Plumbing and sewer requirements

Plumbing and drain needs

When you are shopping for bathroom plumbing fixtures, you need to figure out how much your budget will allow for the whole project. Decide how much you can spend on each category. The next thing, once you know how much you can afford, is deciding what theme you are going to use: country, modern, or just traditional. Even limited budgets can create a beautiful bathroom. Once you know which style you are looking for, go to a showroom and see how the different models look once they are installed.

Another need-to-know ahead of time is what your local codes are for the required plumbing and sewer requirements. Different locals have strict requirements for whether you can use PVC pipes, or if you can also use CPVC. You will be using ABS pipes for the drainage system, and you will need drain pipes with traps to keep sewage gases from escaping back into the system. Access panels are needed to provide an entrance to the rough in. The rough-in is really where it all happens. The rough-in is where all the supply lines and drain, waste and vent lines happen.

The plumbing and drain needs depend on the house or building that you are restoring or finishing your project in. Make sure you have the necessary drain pipes and traps. It is essential and helpful to have a stop valve attached to each fixture; in case of needed repair it is much easier to only shut off the water supply to that particular item, rather than the whole house. We will help you in any way you need it. Thank you for trusting your plumbing needs to us!

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