Category : Plumbing Problems
A home is not just a place for a family to live; it is also a sanctuary where people are most comfortable at staying. Therefore, maintaining it is by no means a must! One of the parts that often need constant checking is the pipes and plumbing lines. However, how does one know that these are already needing a replacement? Further, what are the initial steps to be done before calling a plumber to do the job? Read on to find out.
How To Know That The Pipes Need Replacement
First, determine if the pipes need replacing before jumping onto the procedure of the actual replacement. In order to do so, the type of pipe should be given the first consideration. This means you are to determine if the materials are made of brass, copper or galvanized steel, as well as checking if the drain lines are made of cast iron or PVC.
As a general rule, brass and galvanized steel pipes have a lifespan of about 80-100 years while copper is about 70-80 years. As regards the drain lines, cast iron lasts about 80-100 years while PVS lasts for 25-40 years. It is also important to remember that if the pipes and its lines were properly maintained over the years, their lifespan could be longer.
The Replacement Procedure
After determining the material used in your plumbing line, the next thing to do is check some of the obvious signs such as discoloration, pimples, flaking, stains, and leakage and so on. Should these indicators be there, then your plumbing line and pipes should be repaired and or replaced.
The next step is to the actual replacing of the plumbing line. The best time to do a replacement is when the house is being renovated but if this is not the case, you might want to start on the plumbing lines and pipes that are exposed. Naturally, it will be more complicated to dig up to the level of the hidden pipelines so the best way is to start with those that are rather exposed above the ground line. In any case, these are the ones that need repairs often.
Prepare the materials such as the pipes, fittings and adapter as well as the plumbing tools, cement, soldering supplies, copper tee, valve and others (may vary depending on which plumbing line is to replace). You will then need to choose the existing line that needs repair and always making sure you shut off the water supply.
Three of the first parts to start replacing are the main valve, water meter and the pipe (should have some knowledge and familiarity with these).
After you are done with the three above, proceed with replacing all of the fixture valves and then move to all the horizontal pipes. The vertical pipes should be replaced immediately after the horizontal ones.
Finally, secure and check if these are cemented properly, make sure to leave them until they are completely set and ready before using.
Replacing the plumbing lines and pipes are no easy task. Even if these are tried out as DIY tasks, guidance from the expert should still be sought. If all else fails, then there’s no need to complicate life even more. Call the nearest and most reliable plumbing company to attend to any of the plumbing concerns. It may cost a little, but will definitely save time and effort.