Does the plumbing system in your Toronto area home have issues? Is the system riddled with leaks, faults, and bad connections? Or, are you preparing to sell your old Toronto home and are worried that antiquated pipes may be a sore point for potential buyers in a tough housing market? Maybe you just want to update the piping in your home to something new?
Whatever your reason is, you have decided that you are done dealing with your old piping. Today is the day that you renew your home’s piping and takes charge of critical home maintenance issues.
Identify the Locations of Your Pipes
If you want to do a thorough re-piping of your home, you are going to have to study your home’s blueprints. Why do you need to study your home’s blueprints? Because, many of the pipes in your home are located underneath flooring and behind walls, so you need to know which walls you are going to have to rip apart in order to get at the pipes and which ones you can leave alone.
Also, before you start to tear down your walls and tear up your floors, you will want to clear furniture, electronics, and other valuables from the rooms where you will be working on pipes. If you have the room, store these items in a room that does not have water piping running through it, otherwise, you may have to rent a storage unit for these items while you work on the house.
Where do I Start?
Before you shut off your water supply and start hacking up your old pipes, you need to inspect the old pipe for signs of wear such as leaks or corrosion. Determine what caused the initial failure, whether it was natural wear and tear from decades of use, a sudden burst caused by an outside force, or corrosion from a problem with the water supply itself. Going through the process of stripping all your existing plumbing and replacing it is going to be one very expensive waste of time if a pre-existing problem just causes another break within the next year.
If you cannot determine what caused the fault, do not hesitate to reach out for an expert opinion so you can save yourself time and money later. Only by knowing what caused the initial failure can you be certain to prevent it from happening again. For example, if a contaminant in your water supply was causing the pre-existing pipe material to corrode early, then you need to find and fix the source of the contamination to prevent it from ruining the new pipes as well.
Another potential problem is bursts in the pipe caused by excessively low or high temperatures. Many Toronto homeowners might discount the possibility of freezing causing a pipe to burst, since the average low temperature in winter is only 40 ?F in winter, but with highs of over 90 ?F in summer, the temperature change can cause certain pipe materials to expand or contract. This expansion and contraction can in turn loosen connections or even cause a burst in extreme cases.
By knowing the cause of the old piping’s failure, you can address the underlying issues when replacing the pipe by selecting materials that are more resistant to those specific forms of damage or by taking other appropriate measures to prevent a repeat of the previous disaster.
Assess the Cost of Available Materials
Consult with a plumbing expert to determine what water piping materials are approved for use in your Toronto home or business, and determine how much material you will need. A large part of your costs in re-piping the house is going to be simply obtaining enough material to replace the existing pipe. Also, you may wish to use materials that are specifically resistant to whatever factors caused the previous issue, so you need to know what your options are.
Measure the existing connections for their length, but do not rely on these measurements alone. Sometimes, especially in older homes, the pipes may have been installed incorrectly, and you may need to completely rework the arrangement of the new pipes. If you are planning on selling the home, you MUST install new fixtures according to the current plumbing code. This may mean you will have to purchase wider diameter pipes, or you may have to purchase more length of pipe than was originally installed. Even if you are doing a DIY job, you may want to ask a professional Toronto contractor for assistance in evaluating your plumbing system and designing your new layout.
Once you know what materials are the best for your plumbing needs, and how much of that material you will need to get the job done, you can obtain your new plumbing pipe. If you can afford it, purchase a few extra lengths just in case of a mishap.
Remove the Old Pipes
Now that you have your new pipe, and a layout for installing it, you can finally shut off the water to your home and begin removing the old pipes. The specific tools you need for the job of removing the old pipes may change depending on what material the old piping was made of. For many metal pipes, such as copper, you can even recycle the old material or sell it off to recoup some of your expenses.
To protect your floors, lay out some heavy-duty mats to prevent water damage and keep drywall dust and other debris from collecting on your carpeting, wood, or tile.
Install Your New Pipes
Once again, your specific instructions for this process will vary based on the materials you use and the specific provisions of the California plumbing code at the time of your installation. Once finished, you will need a certified inspection performed to verify that all the pipes are in working order and are up to code before sealing up the walls.
Once your pipes have passed inspection, you can begin the process of repairing the damage done to your walls and/or floors. You can take advantage of this opportunity to inspect the space between your walls by checking for holes or gaps, and sealing them with foam to improve your home’s insulation and prevent insect intrusion.
Re-piping your house can be an extraordinarily trying experience, but it is not one that you have to go through alone. Having assistance from a team of highly qualified Toronto sewer & drain experts can make re-piping your home much less stressful and chaotic. Find out how you can save yourself time and stress today.
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