How to Install PVC Pipe Couplings
PVC pipe couplings are necessary to connect pipes to one another, in order for the plumbing and HVAC systems to work properly for your home. PVC pipes are very important, as they serve as the veins and arteries of the plumbing and HVAC system. This is the reason why it is important that they are installed properly, otherwise the entire plumbing and HVAC system will not work at all. Installing these PVC pipe couplings can be easy, as long as you follow a guide on how to do it properly. Thus here are the step by step procedures on how to install PVC pipe couplings for your home.
Step 1- Cut and Fit the PVC Pipes
To install the PVC pipe coupling, it is important that your PVC pipe and the pipe couplings have sizes or diameters that complement with one another. This is important, so that the pipe will fit through the PVC pipe coupling properly. Moreover, a perfect fit also prevents the pipes from leaking. Before you connect the pipe to the coupling, measure the pipe first and, using a hacksaw, cut the pipe and clean all the shavings and the burr the inside edges so that they do not cause any hindrance to the installation of the coupling. Use sandpaper to clean out the edges of the pipe.
Step 2 - Clean the Pipes further to Clear the Debris
Use an all-purpose pipe cleaner, and remove the excess stubborn dirt that has adhered to the pipe. This step is important. Dirt adhered to the edge of the pipe causes problems when the pipe coupling is installed.
Step 3 - Cement Your Pipe Coupling
Once everything is cleaned, prepare your cleaned pipes and your PVC pipe coupling to cement both with one another. Before you do that, it is important that you know that a PVC cement sets very fast, so you need to work with it with quick hands. Coat the inner surface of the PVC pipe couplings with the cement and quickly insert the PVC pipe and turn it ¼ turn in any direction, just to make sure that the cement covers the PVC pipe and the PVC coupling completely. Check whether the pipe is seated properly in the joint before you settle it to dry.
Step 4 - Connect the Pipe and Coupling to the Rest of the Plumbing or HVAC System
As soon as the coupling and the pipes are adhered together, and the adhesive has dried up, the next thing that you need to do is to connect everything up but before you do that, make sure that you work with steady and fast hands and also make sure that your surrounding is tidy so that the pipe will fit properly with your coupling.