Bathroom Renovations 101: Running New PipesBathroom Renovations 101: Running New Pipes

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Bathroom Renovations 101: Running New Pipes

When I decided to add a pedestal sink and claw foot tub to my bathroom, I had no idea how much new plumbing I had to run. Since I had never run pipes before, I wasn't sure how to do it properly. I did a lot of research before I started so that I could be sure that I was doing it right. As I was researching, I knew that it would be helpful to have all of the information I found in one place. That was the inspiration for this site. I hope that the plumbing resources help you with your next home improvement project.

Don'T Believe False Plumbing Statements

As a homeowner, you want to be sure your home is kept in tiptop shape. However, it can be tempting to believe tales regarding things you can let slide around your home if it saves you some money or trouble. This can end up getting you in worse trouble down the line when those things you allowed yourself to believe weren't a big deal end up causing more serious problems later on. This is why you need to be honest with yourself and not fall for myths regarding your home, especially when it comes to your plumbing system. Here are some commonly told myths you aren't going to want to allow yourself to believe.

Drains would clog if there was a plumbing issue

Some people believe that well-functioning drains is a sign of good plumbing. However, the only thing that a functioning drain tells you is that there aren't clogs in the system, or that any clogs in it aren't large enough to cause issues. In fact, even if you have a drain get clogged, this still doesn't tell you that there is something wrong with the plumbing. The only reason why you should begin to think that a clog is indicative of plumbing problems would be if the clog was a frequent occurrence. Otherwise, this simply means that something too large to go down the pipes has collected in them. A good dose of baking soda and vinegar may be all the drain needs to take care of the issue.

Hard water only means you must clean more

Many people think that hard water only means they may have to spend more time cleaning their sinks and toilets to avoid getting thick rings of calcium deposits. However, hard water means a lot more than simply cause calcium deposits that you can see. That calcium buildup you will begin to see in your toilet bowl or in the sinks means there are also calcium deposits other places. The calcium buildups can also affect the areas you can't easily see, and this can range from the aerators in your faucets to the pipes that make up your plumbing system. Hard water can also damage the inner workings of your water-powered appliances.

Low water pressure may be bothersome, but it's not a big deal

While it's true that low water pressure can be bothersome, it's not true that it's not a big deal. In fact, when you start to experience low water pressure in your home, it can mean there is a major issue going on that should not be ignored. There may be a leak in a place where you can't see it and that leak can cost you more on your water bill, and create serious problems such as water damage, mold and foundation problems. If a leak is causing you to experience low water pressure, the leak may be a very bad one and you won't even know just how bad until you have the problem looked into by a plumber.

Water heaters always make sounds

While it is true that water heaters will make a certain amount of sounds when they turn on and are heating the water, the sounds should be minimal. If the water heater starts to make banging noises, then this means there is a buildup of sediment on the tank and the water heater should be drained to remove the sediment. This will quiet the unit down and extend its life. A water heater repair service can help.