With Summer around the corner and many BBQ's and cookouts in our future, let's not take it out on our garbage disposals and sewer lines. While the obvious choice may be to use the garbage disposal as a catch-all, you'll save time and money by throwing the bulk of your food waste into the garbage can or compost instead. Limit the garbage disposal for little scraps, rinsed off plates, and other dishes, and you'll save yourself time, money and frustration.
Faucets are one of the most important plumbing fixtures, so understanding how to install or repair faucets is a critical skill for homeowners and renters alike. Learn how to install or repair many different types of faucets, including stem-compression faucets, reverse-compression faucets, two-handle faucets, single-handle faucets, ball faucets, cartridge faucets, kitchen sprayers, kitchen faucets, and bathroom faucets. We'll also cover tub and shower faucet repairs and installation for compression faucets, cartridge faucets, ball faucets, and disk faucets. Finally, we'll walk you through repair and installation for diverters, tub spouts, and flex-line shower units.
Many plumbing problems are simple annoyances, but others will cost you a lot of money if not taken care of immediately. For example, if your basement floods at 2 am, it's vital that you get an emergency plumber to come visit right away so as to prevent further damage. Because of these types of emergency circumstances, we make ourselves available to our customers 24/7. Our technicians will be at your residence as soon as possible, bringing state-of-the-art equipment with us to complete the job in a timely and efficient manner—so you can get back to your normal life quickly.
PVC/CPVC – rigid plastic pipes similar to PVC drain pipes but with thicker walls to deal with municipal water pressure, introduced around 1970. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and it has become a common replacement for metal piping. PVC should be used only for cold water, or for venting. CPVC can be used for hot and cold potable water supply. Connections are made with primers and solvent cements as required by code.
No oils from your fingers going onto these joints. The only thing you want on these joints is acid paste, otherwise known as flux. Okay. The purpose of this, and you don't have to be too liberal. This is called an acid brush. The purpose of flux in general is when you heat the pipe to pull the silver solder into the joint. Okay. Don't ask the physics on how that works. That's just how it works. So I generally start with the fitting first. And you just need a film of it, just a little film. You don't need to paint a Picasso doing this here. So we've got the joint fluxed. We just kind of pass around the edge. Okay. We're doing a half-inch joint, so really all you need is a half-inch of flux. Okay. We don't need a ton, a big, messy, ugly pasty joint. And this stuff is all that great to get on your hands, too. We've fluxed everything now. I've got my joint together. This could be an offset in a wall. It could be anything. For any reason I could be doing this.
So we start by cleaning the joints to be soldered. Okay. In this case we're going to use these two pieces of pipe. You just kind of wrap it around, and you're going to clean it. Be judicious with the cleaning. Okay. I don't want to see any black marks on that recently sanded pipe. That's carbon. That will cause a leak. That's another reason I'm wearing gloves. People might call me a primadonna for doing so, but it actually keeps the oils in your hands off of the joint. This is not conducive to soldering. The oils in your hands are not conducive to soldering. So now we're going to take our fitting and our fitting brush, okay, just a wire brush. This one's kind of beat up, but it will still get the job done. Again same idea, you twist it around in there until you can see your reflection. So we've got a nice, clean 90-degree elbow. The next thing you want to do, again the gloves come in, they're very imperative here.