Common Plumbing System Design Mistakes
Did you know that the choices you make for a home design or renovation can affect the efficiency of your plumbing system? Whether you are living in a private home or a commercial building, understanding the importance of a good plumbing system design is crucial to protect every resident.
A good plumbing system is specifically designed to save water and energy resources. It will consist of two systems: one that supplies clean water to the building and one that eliminates waste. There are some common plumbing design mistakes that plague home and property owners. These mistakes are preventable and can be avoided with the help of a professional, licensed plumber.
Take a look at the common home plumbing design errors to avoid:
Too Many Plumbing Fixtures
Adding too many fixtures when designing and constructing a plumbing system can make low water pressure a serious challenge. Low water pressure can be common in crowded residential areas — by limiting the number of fixtures in your plumbing system, you can minimize the problem.
Space is vital in a plumbing design. When there is not enough space in a bathroom, the best alternative is to adapt the fixtures to the available space. If the tub is too close to the toilet, the people who use it might find it uncomfortable. The tight fit also makes it difficult to work on repairs. The same applies to the kitchen: Leave enough space between the sink and the dishwasher so that there is room for work.
Connecting Dissimilar Valves
This common plumbing design error may lead to serious problems. Connecting a copper pipe with a galvanized metal pipe can increase the risk of corrosion, because these metals do not interact well with each other. When corrosion occurs, leakage and water contamination may be the result.
Inadequate or Too Much Slope
When the slope of a drain pipe is either too steep or too little, water will flow at the wrong rate. This can result to some potential problems in the future. The ideal slope is ¼ inch per linear foot.
DIY plumbing, for small fixes, is adequate as long as you have reliable knowledge and experience. A larger plumbing system project is a complex task, and one wrong move may turn out to be an expensive mistake. Investing in a licensed plumber can assure you that a project is properly executed.
If you are looking for a licensed plumber to design and install a good plumbing system, please call Abbey Plumbing & Mechanical at (905) 822-0521 and learn about our services.