The buildup of minerals and corrosion is not only unsightly but it can cause real problems for your plumbing system. The three biggies for pipe build up are the dreaded calcium, lime and rust. If you have hard water then you definitely need to be concerned about limescale. Limescale is the build up of a […]
Turbulence damages pipes. Always. Avoiding turbulence 100% is an impossible feat for a homeowner so just do the best you can to reduce it by avoiding excessive bends and turns in a system and ensuring you get rid of burrs prior to gluing your joints.
Not all leaks happen immediately after cementing a joint. Check on all joints immediately after pressurizing, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours and the next day to ensure the joint has properly seated and sealed.
If working on a water line and the shut off valve is out of sight, always work in pairs. Phone your partner before you turn the water back on in the case one of your joints did not properly seal. That way you can stop any flooding before too much damage can be caused.
The number 1 tip in plumbing is if you are not 100% confident in the problem AND the solution, hire a licensed professional to do the job for you. Do not risk flooding your house, or causing a long term problem that may not immediately present itself.