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5 Tips for Creating & Installing an Effective Plumbing System

Creating and installing an effective plumbing system requires expert plumbing knowledge, and a keen solution mindedness. The installation method directly influences the way in which a plumbing system works, and can, as a result, affect the comfort of the people who live in the home. Installing the plumbing system correctly, can help prevent potentially serious problems, such as plumbing emergencies that cause major destruction to the the building structure, and the household contents.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to creating and installations of an effective plumbing system than just straight forward installation. Proper installation offers a great many benefits. In this post, we will share some of the keys to perfect plumbing installation with you.

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1. Plan Ahead

Understanding plumbing is the most important key to installing a well-functioning plumbing system. A good plumbing system works with quiet efficiency. However, at the same time, pipes, fittings and valves should be easily accessible, should repairs and maintenance be required.

The right size of water pipe is important for an effective plumbing system, but even more important is the size of the pipes that carry waste. If the pipes are too small, draining will not be effective, and they will often become clogged. The pipes may not deliver the required amount of water, and there may be temperature swings in the shower when the toilet is flushed, or when another faucet is used, causing major inconveniences.

Each city has a range of codes that plumbers should adhere to when installing plumbing systems.

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2. Choose the right pipes

Apart from choosing the right size of pipes, it is also important to choose the right type of pipe.

Initially, pipes were fabricated from cast-iron or brass. Some older homes and buildings still use copper and PVC, however, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) piping is becoming increasingly popular.

The type of pipe used in plumbing delivers water to the home, and flushes waste away in the same way. However, some types are more prone to damage and deterioration. While PEX and copper are good types of pipe used in water piping, PVC should not be used inside the home. CPVC is more fragile, and therefore not ideal for use inside the hope. If freezing is a problem, it is better to avoid copper in favor of PEX.

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3. Conserve and save

Proper installation can help save water, which will help both your pocket and the environment. Low-flow, dual flush toilets and tankless water heaters are just two of the fixtures that will help avoid water wastage.

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4. Shut off the water

Once you have decided on and purchased all the fixtures, you should shut off the water supply at the valves. Turning off the water ensures that there is no major flooding when you accidentally cut a water pipe, or if an appliance or a person in the building tries to run water.

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5. Install vents

Don’t neglect this very important step in order to save money. There should be vents near all drainage pipes. Refer to your local plumbing codes to find out how close the vents should be to your drains. Vents are effective in speeding the water down the drain, and locks the water in the traps to prevent the sewer gasses from leaking into the home.

All these steps are essential in creating and installing an effective plumbing system. It is crucial in the design of a new home, and can help improve the quality of life of those inhabiting the building.

Written by Tanya Klien

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