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Plumbing 101 from the Atlanta Plumbing Expert

plumberGrowing up just outside of Atlanta in a family that believed in hard work I can tell you that I learned the value of a dollar early on. I hope that in this article you can learn something useful that will allow you to keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. After working for an Atlanta plumbing company for many years I now know that plumbing is something that literally petrifies most people.

Let’s discuss the various selections for supply water plumbing. I hope, with the tips you receive from me, you can make a intelligent decision if the need arises to buy water supply pipe.

The selections are different with the new technologies available, it used to be galvanized and copper pipe. That was fine when the needs were simple and it took an experienced plumber to install it. It was usually put in when the walls were roughed in. PVC (polyvinylchloride) came into widespread use during the 1980’s. When I was selling it it had been on the market for a couple of years and was popular with plumbers because it was easy to install, as well less expensive and more durable. The CPVC(chlorinated PVC) came about to answer the need for a high temperature resistant rigid plastic that would work well for hot water in residential dwellings. It was a step up for PVC because it was sometimes not able to handle higher heat. With the CPVC it is a better product without explaining the process. The last water supply pipe I suggest is polyethylene. This is a newer type of plastic pipe that is even easier to install than all the types before.
When selecting water pipes for your new house or as replacement pipe for your renovation project you have
some considerations. I’ll give you a few;

  • 1.Environment, probably the biggest dealing with your yearly temperature and codes in place.
  • 2. Cost, how much money you spend can affect your whole project, being familiar with alternatives can be helpful.
  • 3. Durability and ability to last while all of these are good you have to use whats right for you.
  • 4. Ease of installation

Galvanized was heavy and tended to rust, copper is expensive and takes more experience and tools to install.
Now we have plastics which are low cost, easy to install, last a long time and are lightweight. The newest
polyethelyne is easy to install, has hot and cold fittings that quick fit and is inexpensive when compared to
copper–A great choice. I still prefer copper, I’m warming up to plastics because of purity but copper is naturally
germ resistant

Plumbing 101: Tips from an Atlanta Plumber

It is often a sobering realization when new home-owners realize that they can not afford to hire a handyman to fix every little problem that arises in their home. This means that when that sink starts to leak or that toilet keeps running that someone must actually get dirty and try to fix the problem. However, unpleasant this scenario might sound to some it is the reality that many people must come to grips with after they own a home. To help make this transition as smooth as possible here are some basic plumbing tips that should help home-owners get over the fear of attacking a plumbing problem.

1. Believe you can fix the problem. Many people who have never tackled any sort of home repair often wonder whether or not they can even fix the problem at all. They tell themselves that they are just not cut out for this type of work or they just aren’t “handy”. This is a myth, a misnomer, a red herring. The fact of that matter is that with enough commitment and determination any problem can be fixed. If someone else can do it, then you can too! Yes that someone else might be a professional but don’t let that stop you from giving it your best try. There are so many great resources on the internet that quite often you can find a step-by-step guide at the click of a mouse. Getting over the initial intimidation is critical and only needs to be done once. Once you have one successful repair under your belt you can tackle all of the subsequent problems with increased confidence.

2. Use the internet. The internet is such a great resource for the weekend warrior that its hard make the excuse that “you don’t know how to do it”. There are literally thousands of web-pages devoted to plumbing and many of these pages contain step-by-step guides and how-to videos. One Atlanta plumber commented in a recent industry publication that companies have started to use internet resources as part of their plumber training programs. If the resources available free of charge online are good enough to be used by professionals, they are definitely good enough for you.

These two tips will help get you over the initial apprehension and start you on your way to being very “handy” around the house.