Tips And Advice From a Plumber
When homeowners get out their wrench to repair sinks, tubs, and toilets, they risk more than just leaks. They risk sanity, finances, and general disaster. Here are some essential principles to avoid a plumbing nightmare.
Don’t go galvanic.
You sometimes see copper and galvanized steel mixed with residential systems, with nothing to separate them but a thin thread of sealant, or plumbing tape. The galvanic connection can be trouble-free for years, or the steel can start to corrode as soon as the connection is tightened.
A qualified plumber will have a tool called a dielectric union, that helps to connect copper pipe to steel. The fitting has a steel collar on the steel part, and a copper collar on the copper side, they also have isolation bushings to keep the parts divided.
Back flow happens in municipal water systems, usually when there’s a sudden drop in water pressure. This causes water to flow back through pipes in the opposite direction.
Should your house’s water be supplied by a municipal water system, and you do work outside using a garden hose, use a vacuum breaker on the end of the hose bib. These fittings will prevent back flow in the event of a shift in pressure. Some municipalities demand their use. This vacuum breaker stops water from being pulled out of the hose and into the municipal water system. Should you replace a bib, use a freeze proof type that has a built in vacuum breaker.
Also, if you replace the main supply and valves entering your house, you should install a back flow preventer.
Use the right connector.
Remember, gas lines also count as plumbing. Connecting a gas range or dryer to a gas line may seem simple, but the job can quickly go wrong should you try to connect a flexible connector to the line, only to find the connector doesn’t fit, or you can’t make the connection tight, no matter how tight you try.
It is always advisable to call in a professional plumber, remember it is better to be safe than sorry. And it could save you money in the long run.
Call Absolute Plumbing Plus LLC, based in South Kansas City, MO.