Plumbing is the most important product that you install while building your home. One leakage can cause immense amount of damage and loss for the home owner. One wrong decision can give you a headache for life. Here are a few tips that will prevent such problems.
1. BUY FROM AN AUTHORISED RETAILER ONLY:
Always check the credentials of your retailer. The retailer must be authorised by the company.
2. AVOID MIXING DIFFERENT BRANDS OF PIPE AND FITTINGS:
As much as possible, buy all pipes and fittings from a single brand only. Sometimes products from different brands may not be compatible and may cause installation and performance issues.
3. ALWAYS PRESSURE TEST:
After installation insist on pressure testing of the entire plumbing system as per the manufacturers recommendation before back-filling of pipes inside the walls. The biggest reason for leakages and issues later on can be due poor workmanship which will generally show up during pressure testing. In case of drainage system, insist on doing leakage test. This will avoid the very expensive and time consuming walls and floor breakage later after finishing work.
4. LOOK FOR LEAD FREE PLUMBING PRODUCTS ONLY:
Lead is a commonly used ingredient in plumbing pipes and fittings which has long term adverse health effects and can specially impacts infants and children. Some of these harmful ingredients can leach into water and cannot even be removed by R.O. systems. Always ensure that plumbing pipes and fittings you are using are free from lead and other heavy metals.
5. TAKE SPECIAL CARE TO USE CERTIFIED SOLVENT CEMENTS:
Solvent cements (fusion compounds) form a very small part of your plumbing system however is of prime importance in making a good joint. Certified solvent cements specially those complying with standards. NSF certified products are usually found to give best performance.
6. METAL INSERT FITTINGS:
Always use metal insert fittings with all your end connections with your bathroom fittings like taps, showers heads, faucets, and other fixtures. Plastic threaded connections are cheap however can crack easily and are also prone to leakage with hot and cold water. Metal insert fittings are much more robust and will always give long service life.
7. DO NOT MIX DIFFERENT KINDS OF PIPE INSIDE THE BATHROOM:
It is best to avoid use of more than one type of pipe inside the toilet. It is highly recommended that all plumbing inside the toilet be done only with hot water piping to avoid plumber mistakes and other long term issues.
8. HAVE ALL PIPES PROPERLY CLAMPED:
Ensure that plumbing and drainage pipes are properly clamped as per the manufacturers recommendations. This helps avoid leakages, damages and breakages in the long run.
9. HAVE ALL EXPOSED PIPES PAINTED:
Always paint all pipes that are exposed to sunlight. This will avoid damages to pipeline due to brittleness and ensure long life of the product.
10. ALWAYS ENSURE 100% SQUARE (90 DEGREE PIPES: NO CRISS-CROSS) INSTALLATION INSIDE TOILETS:
In case moving into pre-built space, always take and keep inside the toilet plumbing drawing with you. This will help you locate pipes behind the walls so that if you need to mount something on your walls, there is no danger of drilling through the pipes and causing huge damage.
11. USE TRAPS WITH CORRECT WATER SEAL:
Ensure that the main trap inside each toilet/bathroom and kitchen has 50 mm water seal. Each bathroom, toilet or kitchen must have a master trap which connects all the pipes inside to the main or vertical drain lines outside the rooms. Before installing the traps, always ensure that they have minimum 50 mm water-seal. Check manufacturers catalogue for details before purchasing.
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