There’s a whole bunch of fake plumbers at large who we invite to our homes to fix even the most elementary plumbing works; from clearing clogs, fixing leaks installing new fixtures, all which we could actually do ourselves more efficaciously moreover at no extra cent coming out of out of our pocket.
This time we discuss the easy-to-do steps by which we can replace a PVC pipe
According to doityourself.com, the PVC pipe has made a great improvement in plumbing. It replaces cast iron and galvanized pipe in almost all situations. Light weight and easy to work with, PVC is available in many different sizes. Fittings and related materials are readily available at all plumbing and hardware stores.
What is PVC?
PVC pipe is made from plastic. It is used in drains, especially transporting water from our houses. They also work as vents, and to handle waste in buildings. It is rigid, lightweight, and strong. Because of PVC pipe’s ease of installation, it is ideal for drain applications under kitchen sinks and bathroom vanities. The many fittings available for attaching PVC make it universal in all settings except very high temperature applications – they can easily melt away.
It works much better for plumbing than the standard cast iron pipe because it does not need to be hot soldered, it is resistant to almost any toxic substances, and is easy to install. There are two types, which are defined in standards – type 40, for homes, and type 80, used in industrial settings.
Step 1 – Cut the Pipe
PVC can be cut easily. You can cut it with a saw, but rough disks are made for mightier saws that work better to get a straight edge. A joint that is skewed due to pipe not being cut straight can throw off the entire run of pipe.
Step 2 – Fitting
When the pipe is cut to the proper length, lay it out on the floor with fittings in place to determine if the length is correct. If it is the proper length, proceed to installation.
Step 3 – Cleaning and Cementing
First, the pipe must be cleaned with all-purpose pipe cleaner, called primer. Clean the primer around the end of the pipe and the inside of the fitting to ensure there are no contaminants that can get in the way of linkage.
The PVC is joined with a special type of cement. The cement sets up very quickly, so you must be ready to leave as soon as it is applied. Coat the inner surface of the joint with the cement, insert the PVC pipe, and turn the pipe in the fitting a full turn if you can, and then turn it back to ensure that the glue has covered the entire joint. Be certain that the pipe is seated correctly in the joint.
Step 4 – Install Pipe Hangers
Once the PVC pipe is in place, and you have determined it is of proper length, install pipe hangers to support the pipe. This eases strain on the joints that could lead to possible leakage. Follow recommendations for the distances from hanger to hanger, usually every 4 feet, allowing for movement in expansion and contraction. Be sure to protect the pipe from nails, screws, or abrasive materials.