What is a P-trap? It’s a mechanical fitting that serves two important functions in drains. The reason for its name comes from its shape, a sideways P. For any drain that leads to a sewage line there is a major problem – STENCH. Stank. Odor, musk, reek, whiff, whatever you want to call it, nobody wants […]
DISCLAIMER: PVC joint welding involves the use of dangerous chemicals, so it is important to wear proper safety gear at all times. It doesn’t matter if you are pipe welding or cutting PVC with a power saw. Please be safe!! When solvent welding PVC there are several factors that can contribute to weak joints. However, […]
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 […]
Always dry fit your joints prior to solvent cementing. I can’t tell you how many times I had to cut out my freshly glued joints because something further down the line didn’t properly fit.
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.