With anything in life, it always seems as if at 99% of it is preparation and the same could be said about home repairs. They can be a lot of hard work, even if you are one of those kinds of people who enjoy the whole thing and the challenge of solving a problem. The old adage has never been more apt than in this situation of ‘if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’.
When you are carrying out major renovations to your property or upgrading it and plumbing or heating repairs are involved, in all honesty, it is probably best to call in professional contractors. But if you decide to do it yourself, there are a number of things you should check. This includes checking your septic tank system, water heater and water pressures will be capable of handling the increased demands of your renovated property.
You then need to make a map of the existing systems in your property including all the bench drains, house drains, vents and supply lines. Look for opportune times for clean outs of the points that are accessible and take time to jot down the specific and general details of all the pipes and their sizes.
This map compromising of your notes and guide will be able to help you work out the best place to tie the lineage, supply lines and drain together; as well as enabling you to evaluate your system to an almost professional level. This will help you work out if the drainage systems and drains already in place within your property will be sufficient for your planned renovations.
With this extra bit of planning work, you should be able to save yourself some time, effort and most crucially, money. Planning ahead is always recommended and should be considered a good investment of your money and time.
Before you start installing water lines into additional or brand new plumbing fixtures, you need to spend some time making up which walls have water intake supply lines. You can do this using simple chalked lines, it doesn’t even have to be professional chalk or anything too pricey, just simple chalk that kids use to get creative on their chalkboards or the pavements.
These are better than permanent markers or other ink pens because chalk marks can be easily rubbed off. From 2010 onwards fixtures as standard come with templates to help you with the markings. If not, you should place the fixture in its trap, piping and outlet pipes in place. After that, you need to make a plan of the route for your waste piping, sloping it at least 1 – 1 ¼ inches for every 3 – 4 ft of piping, to ensure there is a sufficient and consistent drainage volume over time, not just in the present but into the future. This should be done to take into consideration any shifts by the house into the sand or ground beneath it, that can occur sometimes. Mark a line for the position of the pipelines.
When it comes to plumbing and other repairs and renovations, the more planning and preparation you put in, the fewer problems you will face when you begin work.