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Looking For Quality In Residential Bath Plumbing: 6 Tips

by Wade Black

Plumbing a new toilet, bathtub or shower can take some dedicated work and attention to detail. To know more about how to spot a well-done plumbing project, check out this short list of common issues with residential plumbing in bathrooms.

Straightness of Pipes

Piping and plumbing projects need to be relatively straight and orderly. In some cases, too much slanting or crooked trajectories can be a sign of serious problems with a project that may not hold up over time.

The Right Couplings and Fittings

Another way to evaluate a bath project is to look at the pipe couplings and fittings that are used. Plumbing projects need to have specific fasteners in place to maintain the integrity of the system. Get more detail from this page at

Check Water Pressure

Before a project is done, it's important to check water pressure, ideally, several times. Incorrect installations can cause decreased water pressure, which is going to be a problem when a new plumbing infrastructure is in use.

Drainpipe Sloping

Any kind of sewer or outlet pipe needs to have a specific amount of sloping. This is a very small amount, as little as the fraction of an inch per square foot, but it needs to be there. It may be difficult to spot, but asking the right questions can determine whether pipes have the kinds of sloping needed to accommodate working results. Standards like this one in the state of New York specify drain pipe slope regulations.

Look at Other Structures

Another common problem with some bathroom plumbing projects is that that pipes are not installed in a way that will accommodate other parts of the renovation. Plumbing structures might come into improper contact with electrical systems or drywall areas, or they may prevent a bathroom vanity or other items from being installed later.

Look at Pipe Insulation

It's also important to look at whether pipes are protected from the cold. Pipes with inadequate protection may freeze and burst when temperatures dip below the freezing point. Look at this issue up front to make sure that plumbing fixtures will stand up to the elements. Check for any places where pipes or angles may be exposed to winds or cold air, where these parts of the structure may need some form of pipe wrap or other protection.

These quick tips will help homeowners and others to evaluate bathroom plumbing projects, to make sure that quality solutions are in place. For more information, contact a company like Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer, INC.