If you choose to remodel your bathroom, you will need to understand a number of concepts about basic plumbing. One of these concepts is how to test the new water lines. Not testing the water lines can result in a plumbing disaster and literally cost you thousands of dollars.
Water damage will occur if there are leaks in the new connections. So it highly recommend you test the water supply lines and new drainage pipes properly and professionally. If this process seems overwhelming, it would be wish to higher a professional plumber for this aspect of the construction process. This person will have the tools and knowledge to test your new plumbing. If the person reputable, you will get a guarantee.
If you decide to install a new sink or upgrade an existing one, you will likely be making new connections for the water supply lines. Many systems today involve the use of flexible plastic tubing.This tubing is known as “pex” in the plumbing industry. It is very popular, reliable and relatively easy to install when compared to copper tubing. The connections between the various values, fittings and “pex” lines will requires metal press sleeves or rings. These rings will need to be crimped by a special tool. If the crimp is not made properly or missed, there will be a slow leak or a complete blow-out. Remember before you turn the water on and apply water pressure to your new water lines, you must test them. Initially this is done by filling them with air under high pressure.
This can done by using an air compressor. You will need to connect a pressure gauge and value at the appropriate location to monitor the air pressure in lines. Fill your lines to about 100 psi. If you missed a crimp, the lines will not hold air very long or not at all. There will be a blow out before line pressure reaches the desired air pressure to complete the test. If the ring blows out, doing a visual inspection will quickly lead to its detection. Avoid covering up new lines behind dry wall before you make you test.
If the crimp is not done properly you will likely end up with a slow leak. You may able to fill the lines to the desired air pressure. If there is a slow leak you will see a fall in the air pressure over an undetermined period of time. This is why it is import to keep air in lines for an extend period time. One hour is recommended, but I prefer a period of twenty-four hours. You will see a slight change in air pressure if there is any fluctuation in air temperature.
Remodeling your bathroom will require the knowledge of numerous plumbing concepts and procedures to get the job done correctly the first time. This involves properly testing the plumbing water lines. Not properly testing any new water lines can result in a plumbing disaster.
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