Sunday Morning Tip for Oct 20: 3 Things to Keep in Mind When Updating Your Plumbing

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Oct 20:</span> 3 Things to Keep in Mind When Updating Your Plumbing
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    The plumbing in your house may not be something that you think about too often.

    However, it's vitally important to keep the plumbing up to date to avoid costly and dangerous damages to your home.

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If you’re considering upgrading some of the plumbing in your home, there are three things you should keep in mind.

Decide on an Appropriate Material

Depending on the age of your home, there are various piping materials that could have been used for the initial plumbing installation. Lead and copper tend to be the most commonly used type of piping for older homes.

When you’re updating your existing plumbing, it can help to consider the benefits of newer plumbing material, such as plastic. Plastic tends to bend better, doesn’t require soldering, and won’t freeze in the winter. Therefore, plastic is likely a good choice when upgrading the plumbing in your home in certain areas.

Get the Right Materials to Work With

Apart from choosing the ideal type of plumbing material for your home, there are other tools that you’re going to need. Some of these include pipe clamps, pipe connectors, core drilling bits, and valves.

Do yourself a favor and ensure that you have all the materials and equipment you need before you start your project. This will save you from a big headache when you get started only to find out that you can’t get the right part for a few days.

Of course, the easiest way to ensure you have the best materials is to hire a professional, who will know how to use the tools and will already have many of them on hand.

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Know Your Local Building Codes

If your home is fairly old, then it’s likely it was constructed way before many of the local building codes were implemented in your town. If you hire a licensed plumber to do the upgrade job, you can be assured that it will be up to the proper building codes. If not, then you’ll need to do some reading about local codes in your area.

It’s not good enough to just follow the existing plumbing setup as it may not be appropriately up to code in your area. It could also cause you problems if the water pressure and filter standards have changed.

When upgrading the plumbing in your home, you are faced with many options. The above tips should help you to figure out how you’re going to do the upgrades and with what materials.

Remember that upgrading the plumbing in your home can be a great investment to help improve the value of your home. However, remember to keep everything up to your local code standards so you don’t have to worry about problems later down the road.

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