Types Of Pipes

Category: Plumbing


Plumbing is part of many remodeling projects, whether the plan is to install a small clean-up sink in a garage or the project is a bathroom addition or a complete kitchen or bathroom remodel.  Whether you are doing the remodel yourself or you are hiring a contractor, you will need to make some decisions about pipes.  If you have a contractor, s/he will be able to guide you in choosing the most appropriate pipe for your project.   There are many types of pipe, and some are more appropriate for specific jobs than others.  To help you with the decisions, here is an overview of the main types of pipe used in residential remodeling.   Plastic Pipe   PVC (polyvinyl chloride) can be used only for cold water. PVC is most often used to carry water from the main supply to a home. If you decide to use PVC, be sure that the pipe you choose is approved for drinking water.   ABS (acrylonitrite-butadiene-styrene) is use for waste removal, drain and venting, primarily in bathrooms.  It is a rigid plastic pipe that can be connected to several kinds of metal pipe.  If you are considering this kind of pipe, you will need to check with your contractor or your local building codes office because ABS is not permitted in some […]

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Water Conservation One Drop At A Time

Category: Plumbing


We hear the term “water conservation” all the time, but what does it actually mean and what can we do to help in the effort? Water conservation simply means that you need to use water wisely. Unfortunately, while we hear it all the time and know we should be careful in how we use water, we all start to take it for granted. As times passes by, more and more people are abusing their usage of water. Sure, some may never have actually understood the importance of conservation but most of us do and the fact is water conservation is now being neglected by the majority of people. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part to conserve water. Now, I am not talking about extreme conservation efforts like catching ran water and recycling it for other uses. Though one could if they were so inclined and it would be admirable. No what we are referring to here are little things that everyone can do to conserve water when they can. One example of a small thing you can do to conserve water is replace your older shower head with a modern low flow alternative. There would be no discernible change in the quality of your shower, yet a low flow variety can cut your water usage by as much […]

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New Home Plumbing Inspections in Boston

Category: Plumbing


There is probably no item in your home that can cause more hidden damage than your pipes. Often, plumbing damage can go unchecked for years. Which is why, if you are purchasing a new home or condo, your home inspection should include a thorough plumbing inspection as part of the routine. The last thing you need is to buy a home that has plumbing issues. The costs can quickly jump into the thousands. And, it’s not just the financial costs. Bad plumbing can be down right dangerous. Here are 5 areas you need to check on your next property inspection. Whether you are purchasing a new home, or just making sure your existing one is up to par. If you are ever unsure, you should call a property inspection professional. But, it is actually quite straight forward. You just have to remember to check toilets, sinks, bathtubs/showers, water heaters and a few other miscellaneous plumbing areas. First, check the toilets. You want to verify that all of the lines running into the toilet are in good shape. And make sure that there is a functioning shutoff valve at the wall. Look for leaks and other signs of damage. And then perform a flush test to make sure everything is functioning as expected. Next, crawl under the cabinets and take a […]

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South End Expert Plumbers Are Worth Their Heft In Gold

Category: Plumbing


A South End  plumber is a skilled worker who specializes in installing and maintaining systems for drinking water, drainage, and sewage. It takes years of training to become a skilled plumber, and some areas also require them to have a license, but there is no federal licensing law. If you have some work that needs to be done on your property, plumbers are listed in the yellow pages or can be found online. It is important to find a reputable plumber. Since different states have different regulations regarding their licenses, be certain to check the requirements for your specific location. Always choose a plumber who is fully licensed and insured. You can start looking for plumbers online and in the yellow pages. This will often give information about whether or not they have a license, but they are free to print whatever they pay for. The best way to find a reputable plumber is by word of mouth. Ask your friends and coworkers if they have had work done by a plumber and were pleased. You can sometimes follow up by reading reviews of the plumber or South End plumbing service on the internet. There are 3 license levels for plumbers: master, journeyman and apprentice. It is generally a good idea to choose the one with the highest certification, and highest certification […]

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Boston Jazz Up Your Washroom With Decorative Plumbing

Category: Plumbing


Today’s world is highly fashion conscious and we always try to follow the current style or trends in whatever we do these days. The same notion is followed in decorating or renovating our home. A bathroom is one of the important zones of our house and more and more people today are inclined towards decorative plumbing while planning for a stylish decoration for their house. These days’ washrooms are not only considered as our mere bathing zones. After a hard day’s work we all rush to our bathrooms for relaxation and refreshment. And a well decorated washroom always creates a welcoming ambience when you return home after a long tiring day. Decorative plumbing gives your home a new and classy feel. Now, you can easily host the weekend celebrations or parties and display your well adorned bathroom to the colleagues and friends with great pride. Now what is a decorative plumbing? It actually refers to the system of installing beautiful bathroom fixtures, faucets, bathtubs and showers. It also involves unique and stylish fixtures for your kitchen. Decorative plumbing is among the most upcoming trends in the sector of home construction nowadays. There are many well reputed companies which provide us with innovative and stylish designs of different bathroom fixtures, elegant faucets for both bathroom and kitchens, bathroom cabinets, bath tubs, […]

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Plumbing Design: Why it is Important in Boston

Category: Plumbing


Your plumbing design for your home is very important. You need to be sure that everything is connected properly, and is going to the right place. What happens when you do not have a good design is something you will not want to experience. If you are building a new home, be sure that you hire a professional that will make sure that all of this is taken care of and you will not have to worry about it. The plumbing professional will ensure that all is connected, tightly, and you will have the plumbing that you need for the most efficient use of your water as well. When you have a poor plumbing design, you might be experiencing things such as the kitchen sink gurgling when your washing machine drains, your toilet and bath tub might even be backing up as well. This is something you will not want to experience, not only will you have to call your plumber, you will have a mess to clean up that might be rather large. To prevent all of this, you need to make sure that your design is one that will work from the beginning. You will not want to get your Boston house built to later find out that you have these problems because of the design, then it will […]

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Kitchen Valves and Hose Plumbing in Boston

Category: Plumbing


When fixing a kitchen sink, you can experience a home improvement project that is either pretty straightforward or nightmarish. A lot is dependent on your hoses’ and valves’ overall condition. Most people are capable of turning off the water supply valves, using some clockwise turns. However, aging valves or unused ones are subject to breakage, and may begin to leak. You should always have help nearby, ready to turn water valves controlling your house’s supply. Your main water valves are near your curb and under a cement lid that has a tiny hole in it. This hole allows utility people to get the lid off with a hooked rod, but using a finger is okay. When the water is off, there is only a tiny spillage amount from leftover water and, in the case of kitchen sinks, some cooking leftovers, within your pipes and hoses. Clear the area under your sink first, put some towels down, and keep a pan at the ready. Next, look for nuts, screw-like clamps or tintype clamps, like the ones you find in your car’s radiator. These connectors have to be undone. Make sure your hoses and valves are in good condition and if need be, replace them. Get all your supplies and some plumbers tape. In some instances, old valves will need cutting off with […]

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