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Preventing Plumbing Problems (Part 2)

We continue our series on prevention of the most common plumbing related water damage problems.

Make sure the parts are neatly and correctly cut in order to ensure a tight fit. Use pro-level tube cutters, reciprocating saw blades, hacksaw blades, or pipe saws. Pro-level gear is a little more expensive, but well worth the finished product.  You should remove the burrs from plastic and coppers and clean both materials before attempting to do any soldering or gluing. You can use a plumbers cloth on copper, and a material specific primer to soften plastic and create the best possible bond. For greasy or dirty pipes, use pipe cleaner before applying any primer.

Use proper sealant, in the right places, and in the right amounts.  Only  soldered or glued joint will not require sealant to be applied. Use one of two types of sealant tapes readily available, the blue spool for sealing water connections and the yellow spool for sealing gas connections. Pros may also use a brushable sealant, with variation formulated for threaded plastic or galvanized steel. You also want to have a higher percentage of gap filling solids to ensure a tight joint.

Too tight is okay, right? Wrong. A clean and properly cut and fitted joint that has been properly sealed does not require a hefty dose of tightening. In most cases where everything fits, just another half a turn should be enough to properly seal the deal. Some fittings, such as brass copper, may actually be damaged as a result of overtightening. Steel pipe is more forgiving of such mistakes.

Be sure to check for leaks before moving on. Run hot and cold water through the joint and make sure everything on the outside stays dry. Gas lines can be checked using soapy water and detergent solution or a bubble creating leak detector.

You can also improve the performance of your septic system through proper maintenance and regular pumping out of the system as a whole. Avoid the use of chlorine bleach or caustic chemicals that may kill off beneficial digestive bacteria in the tank.

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