Drain and Vent Systems: The Trusted Pittsburgh Plumber Explains Drainpipe and Fittings
Drainpipe and Fittings
“Drainpipe and fittings come in two types of of plastic: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is white, and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which is black”, according to Bob Beall, the most referred and trusted plumber in the Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania region.
“Both are durable and code compliant,” explains Beall, “and if properly installed,” according to Mr Rooter, “both will outlive the average homeowner.” Mr Rooter, the trusted Pittsburgh plumber offers free expert plumbing advice daily. Consumer can subscribe to Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day to receive plumbing trade secrets from master plumber, Beall.
ABS is more popular in the West and PVC is more widely used in the Mid-west and East. “Where you live may therefore affect the availability and the cost of the materials you use,” says Beall. Each material, according to Beall, requires a glue made specifically for it.
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Traps: Things To Remember
Tip #1 A trap is a fitting designed to hold water at the base of a plumbing fixture, such as a sink, toilet, or shower, to prevent sewer gases from escaping into the room.
Tip #2 Standard traps are less expensive and are the most commonly used, but once glued, they are fixed in place.
Tip #3 A union trap allows removal of the trap arm back to the wall but gives you a possible leaky joint.
Tip #4 A trap with a bottom drain allows access to get out lost items, such as a wedding ring or faucet part lost during repair.
TRADE SECRET: Neither the union trap nor the drain trap are commonly used since the standard trap with slip nuts can be easily removed by loosening the nuts at the wall and under the sink.
BONUS TIP: To couple drain-pipe sections together,, use glued or flexible couplings. Glued couplings are inexpensive, but the pipe on both sides of the coupling must lie very closely on the same plane. A flexible coupling is more expensive but allows considerable angle change. Many installers use flexible couplings for a small change of direction or when bringing two ends together so they don’t have to worry about getting both pipes on the same plane as they meet.
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