Pipe, Fittings & Drains Files

  • Knowing where and how to shut off water to the entire house (or any part of it) can be very important in an emergency.
  • There are several reasons for water to come through a ceiling and not all of them are connected with your plumbing system...
  • "Sweating" pipes and plumbing fixtures in summer time or during seasonal changes are not a sign of faulty plumbing.
  • The well-designed and correctly installed plumbing system is odorless. Odors are most likely to arise from leaks in the waste or vent piping, or from traps which have lost their water seal.
  • In designing the plumbing system for a new house, a plumbing contractor will endeavor to make it as noiseless as possible.
  • If you find a leak in your plumbing system, shut off the water supply and call your plumbing contractor immediately.
  • Frozen plumbing pipes, although inconvenient, do not constitute a calamity. The calamity may come if the pipes are thawed with a blow torch, and if the open flame or the torch is allowed to come too close to combustible material, such as insulation...
  • To clean out a floor drain, remove the strainer or grating covering the opening. Dig out the dirt and grease with a spoon or a stick.
  • Fittings (faucets and valves) are used more often than any other part of the plumbing system. They get plenty of use but are built to take it, under normal conditions.
  • Plumbers get more calls to open clogged drains than for any other service. Many such calls could be prevented by greater care in the use of drains.
  • If your house is to be vacated during cold weather and the heating system turned off, follow this procedure carefully or contact your plumber for assistance.

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