Keep a plunger behind every toilet in the house. If a guest were to ever plug a toilet, they will be eternally grateful to have a plunger readily available to fix themselves and will help them save face not having to ask their host for the plunger.
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.
Never shut off your water for extended periods of time. If you have any copper piping left in your house (chances are good even if you had your house re-plumbed) it could accelerate corrosion, causing leaks earlier than normal.
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.
When securing joints with fasteners for projects or furniture, always use stainless steel hardware. It will help prevent corrosion and rust stains and also last longer.
You can fix glue joints that have slow leaks (slow to moderate drip) by draining the water line and creating a negative pressure in the system. (Attach shop vac or vacuum to a pipe.) Once your negative pressure is established dabble on some primer onto the joint, which will be sucked into the leak to […]