As professionals, it’s part of your commitment to your clients to make sure their homes have durable and functional plumbing systems. One mistake concerning plumbing can kickstart a slew of problems in any structure which can be expensive when left unaddressed. Busted pipes, leaks in any form, and clogged drains are just some of the plumbing nightmares owners want to avoid.
To prevent problems and extra costs, you need to ensure pipes are properly installed. Mistakes often occur during pipe installation as there are instances when the process is rushed or when installers don’t have the right tools to work with.
Guarantee proper workmanship every step of the way with the tips below.
5 mistakes to avoid when installing pipes
1. Lacking the right tools
Professionals bring knowledge and experience to any project they work on. When installing pipes, it’s important to have the right tools on hand, as using the wrong tools may result in damaged pipes and bolts. Remember, having the right set of tools ensures quality work.
2. Keeping the water on during installation
You’ll be surprised to know that many people commit this mistake because they underestimate the time needed to install pipes. Neglecting to turn off the water at the main water supply can lead to water flooding the space and full-pressure water damaging appliances and even the area you’re working on. Don’t forget to check where the water supply can be properly turned off. Most houses’ water supply can be turned off near the water meter.
3. Overtightening connections
Many people overtighten connections to prevent leaks but making this mistake may lead to bigger problems. Fellow experts share that overtightening bolts, pipes, and fittings may lead to cracks that are hard to spot at first. Water pressure and force may cause the pipes and materials to break, and homeowners will only discover the damage once flooding or leaks occur. As a reminder, it’s best to not force bolts after they’ve stopped moving.
4. Combining dissimilar pipes and materials
Proper preparation and preliminary work ensure you have enough of the materials you need prior to installation. If you end up short on a certain type of pipe, don’t combine it with another type to prevent problems. A good example would be connecting galvanized pipes with copper pipes. Doing this may cause erosion and costly repairs.
5. Using the wrong pipe material
PVC pipes are often used because it’s easy to work with and connect. However, just because it’s commonly used doesn’t mean it’s your first choice for all projects all the time. Fellow professionals advise to check on the water usage so you can decide on the pipe material. If you’re working with hot water, they suggest using metal pipes as an alternative to plastic, as plastic can warp at high temperatures, which may lead to leaks and busted pipes.
As professionals, using only the best tools and materials can help you avoid making expensive mistakes. As your partner in bringing memorable projects to life, Pioneer Adhesives has a product that can guarantee polished pipe installation.
Pioneer Pro Pipe Jointing Epoxy Putty is a 100% solid, two-part modified epoxy compound that’s especially formulated for jointing and sealing pipe joints made of cast iron, concrete, clay, asbestos, and rigid PVC. It provides hard, tough, water- and chemical-resistant qualities when cured in place and properly.
In addition to guaranteeing high-water resistance and resistance to most chemicals, Pioneer Pro Pipe Jointing Epoxy Putty is also non-sagging up to 1.5 inches-wide, non-shrinking, non, chipping, and non-cracking. You can also count on its good initial grab on PVC pipes.
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