How to Install New Water Pipes
Water pipes need to be installed when remodeling a bathroom, a kitchen sink, basement plumbing, and many more. One of the best water pipes to use is CPVC. This type of pipe is compatible with both hot and cold water supplies, therefore ensuring long use after installation. In order to install new water pipes for home plumbing, read on.
Step 1 – Turn off the Main Water Supply
Installing pipes when the water is turned on will result to a really huge mess, so make sure to turn off the main water supply for the entire home. Turn on other faucets inside the home as well to drain excess water from the water pipe lines.
Step 2 – Determine where to Install the Pipes
Determine where to connect the new pipes and where they should terminate. Make sure to have this all planned out before purchasing materials and installing new water pipes. In addition, the pipes should at least be hidden in inconspicuous areas or covered inside the walls if necessary.
Step 3 – Drill Holes
Determine where to drill holes. Check the areas where the pipe will run along and mark the location of holes to be drilled. If the pipes are to pass through a wall, drill a hole in that location carefully. Make sure that the hole is drilled using the correct diameter that will allow the pipes to pass through.
Step 4 – Fit the Pipes into the Planned Route
Measure the required straight pipes and cut the pieces according to the measured length. Before joining all pieces together, make sure to prepare all necessary pipes needed to be joined. Use elbows to bend the pathway to another direction. To join the pieces, clean the insides of the elbow and the tubing end of the straight pipes first with PVC cleaner. After the surfaces dry out, apply a good amount of PVC cement according to instructions provided by the manufacturer. Joint the pieces firmly and allow the cement to set. Make sure that all the joints are firmly connected and cemented.
Step 5 – Connecting the New Water Pipes to the Existing Pipe
Cut a portion of the end of the existing pipes in order to fit the T-fitting. Before fitting the T-fitting in the existing pipe, clean the insides with PVC cleaner. Apply PVC cement and join the pieces. Now proceed with the connection of the new pipe following the same cleaning and fitting procedure. Allow the cement to dry.
Step 6 – Inspecting the Connections
Do a final check up to see if all connections made on the new pipes are secured properly. Turn on the water supply to check for leaks. If there are leaks on any of the joints, turn off the water supply, drain the water and work on the leaks. Use pipe sealant to clear the leaks. If necessary, insulate the pipes and cover them in the walls for concealment.