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Plumbing

Pipe freezing protection tips

In freezing climates it is important to protect exterior pipes and valves from the cold. This will prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. It is also prudent to drain and/or insulate pipes that run along exterior walls. If these situations apply follow these suggestions after moving to your new home;

Make sure that exterior pipes are buried below the freeze/thaw level. This level can be found through the department of public works. If exterior wall pipes are the issue they should be drained or wrapped with an insulator to prevent freezing. If heat tape is the method of choice, in this regard, make sure that all previously used heat tape is removed before applying the new tape. If new tape is applied over existing heat tape an extreme fire hazard will exist.

Toilet installation

If you are installing a new toilet you will need to install water supply, vents and drainage lines. In most instances this should be completed by a licensed plumber. A licensed plumber is a wise idea in this instance as this installation needs to meet code and be inspected. When choosing a toilet it should come complete with the exception of the toilet seat and the wax ring at the base. The owner's manual should give the correct size of the ring.

Outdoor irrigation system installation

In most instances the installation of an outdoor irrigation system is fairly straight forward. It must however, meet code requirements. Generally, a PVC pipe material is used so that you can come up with your own design. If you are unsure of this aspect of the project a local home center should have ideas on the matter. In most cases, cities and towns require that an irrigation system use non potable or reclaimed water. In other instances, the system can be made to draw water from wells or lakes. Each system would need to be modified for each potential use and need a waiver if potable water is to be used.

Noisy pipe repair

Noisy pipes can be annoying if not detrimental to their long term viability. For the most part, a noisy pipe can be traced to a seat washer reacting to an incoming water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch. If this is the case, simply replace the washer or install a pressure reduction valve downstream from the waters entry point. In some cases the noise could be coming from the clothes washer. If this is the case try installing hammer shocks once you have moved in, that can be found at any local home center.

Water temperature adjustment

You can adjust your homes hot water temperature yourself. Simply go to the water heater and adjust the temperature in 10 degree increments. Wait one hour and try the temperature at a remote faucet. You will see an adjustment to your utility bill as a result. It is wise to follow the manufacturer's recommendations as a setting that is to hot or to cold will affect the life of the water heating unit.

Leaking toilet repair

A leaking toilet should be fixed immediately. If it is not fixed immediately structural damage could be caused. This could lead to the hiring of a contractor and extensive repairs. If you are having a difficult time locating the leak try using a food coloring agent. Red is best. Simply ad the colorant to the toilet tank and you should be able to see the leak in no time.