4 Best Home Improvements For Plumbing

4 Best Home Improvements For Plumbing

It’s World Toilet Day! What might sound like just another silly social media holiday is in fact an incredibly important, globally recognized day for raising awareness of the sanitation crisis crippling so many places worldwide.This year’s theme is Toilets and Jobs: A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce: poor health, absenteeism, attrition, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP. Investing in good toilets in workplaces and schools so that women and girls have clean, separate facilities to maintain their dignity, and to manage menstruation or pregnancy safely, can boost what is often referred to as the ‘girl effect’: maximising the involvement of half the population in society. – http://www.worldtoiletday.info The link between plumbing and health is something we’ve explored a few times on this blog (see our posts on World Plumbing Day , World Water Day , and World Health Day ), as well as in the Plumbing & Health article at our sponsor site. We understand that we’re fortunate to live in a society that has the stability and wealth to build and maintain an overwhelmingly safe and effective sanitation infrastructure. In our small way, we hope our efforts to inform and educate will motivate readers and customers alike to reflect upon this somewhat unique position in the world. The sanitation crisis is not intractable, but substantial progress will require all of us to acknowledge its prevalence and its threat.


It allows a raw end of pipe to slide into the threaded end of a fitting and secures with a threaded ferrule such as a slip nut. Slip Nut: A ferrule with a threaded hole through it for screwing onto a pipe as a fastener. It is used in conjunction with a washer or gasket to form a slip joint. SNAFU: Acronym for Situation Normal All F***ed Up Soft Water: Water that has been treated so that it has low mineral content. Solder: A metal alloy that is melted to create a fused joint between metal pieces. Also the act of melting solder into the joint. Soil Pipe: A pipe that carries waste from toilets. Stack Vent (vent stack): A vent pipe that extends from the top of a soil-or-waste stack and connects to vent header or terminates outside. Standpipe: a vertical pipe extending from a water supply, especially one connecting a temporary tap to the main.


Drop Ell: An elbow having lugs for attaching it to a wall or joist. (aka Drop Elbow). Often used to connect supply line for handheld showerheads or sprayers. Drum Trap: A type of water seal-type trap usually used in the 4x5-inch or 4x8-inch sizes. These traps have a greater sealing capacity than the “P” trap and pass large amounts of water quickly. Commonly connected to bathtubs, foot baths, sitz baths, and modified shower baths. No longer allowed in many jurisdictions due to not being self-scouring. Effluent Treatment System: Physical, chemical, and biological processes are used to remove contaminants and produce treated wastewater that is safer for the environment. Elbow: A curved fitting, usually 90° or 45°, used to change the direction of a pipe run. Also called an “ell.” Escutcheon: A decorative metal flange or plate that covers and hides the supply line hole in the fixture or wall. Ferrule: Gordontheplumber.com Roselle Illinois Dupage County A ring, cap, or band (typically metal) that strengthens or forms a joint.  FIP: (aka FTP or Female Pipe Thread) Acronym for Female Iron Pipe (or Female International Pipe).


Now inspect the floor for water damage. If it is present, make sure it is cleared up before the bowl and tank go back on. Eliminating A Sewer Odor From Your Home If the flange is lower than a half inch under the floor, it will need to be lifted. A low flange can spell disaster for the wax ring since it cannot engage along the waste line. This leaves the door open for all kinds of unpleasant smelling gasses to permeate the bathroom air. To fix the flange, you’ll need to get a flange extender. Unscrew it, install the extender on top, and then replace the bowl. What if you think your P-trap is blocked? To find out for sure, you’ll need to dump water down the drain. Then flush the nearest toilet.


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