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A Guide on Doing Rough-In Bathroom Plumbing

If you’re preparing to add a bathroom to your house, you’ll be well served by knowing how to do some standard rough-in plumbing.

Most bathroom plumbing includes drains, lines for fresh water, sinks, toilets, and other sewer elements, showers, and even tubs. These appliances usually receive both cold and hot water. The process of rough-in plumbing includes bringing the drain lines to what will be the future bathroom.

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Hereon, individual connections will be made once the appliances are installed. If you wish to carry out your own rough-in plumbing instead of contacting professionals, then you need some skills and a set of specialized tools. Do remember that your rough-in plumbing also has to meet the building codes.

Without further ado, let us dive into the guide we’ve prepared to help in the rough-in plumbing process.

Steps For Rough-In Bathroom Plumbing

1. Map the Layout

The first step is to map the entire thing out. If you have a planned diagram in place, the process becomes easier. You have to start with locating the nearest drain stack. Then, you must chart a path for the pipes to reach the bathroom. Finally, you can see where they will reside.

You must also factor in the locations for the sink, toilet, bathtub, or shower. Draw the room’s rough sketch on a paper before mapping out the pipe arrays and the sizes needed for every branch and their endings.

2. Installing T-Connector to the Sewer Stack

The next thing on the list is to install a T-Connector. This needs to be attached to the main sewer lines. Basically, it is a branch of the drain pipe that will allow the sink, toilet, or shower to get the wastewater out of the bathroom and into the main sewers.

We recommend using an extra large pipe cutter. Once you’ve opened the stack, you should put in the PVC T-Connector (three inches) into that space. This should be below the floor level of the bathroom to ensure that drains run downhill towards this. Upon using PVC cement, as per the instructions of the manufacturer, it can then hold this pipe in its place.

3. Run the PVC Pipe

You have to run a 3-inch PVC pipe to the location of a toilet drain. Then, make use of a 90-degree angle, making an upward turn. This should take you to a level that is just below the floor of the bathroom.

After this, it is best if you connect the length of the pipe with both the cement for PVC pipes and female adapters. You can make use of another 90-degree turn to make the pipe horizontal. Following this, you should use the splitter, so your single pipe becomes two.

4. Connect to the Plumbing for Sinks

This step involves installing a 3-inch pipe into one of the open ends of the splitter. In the other open end, you should install a 3-inch or 2-inch adapter. Then, you have to run the 2-inch pipe to the location of the sink.

After this, it must be turned upwards using a 90-degree angle. Then, the last length of the 2-inch pipe has to be installed to the point that is about 18 inches above the floor of the bathroom. This will serve as the sink drain.

5. Connect the Plumbing for Toilets

You have to split the remaining pipe length into two lengths of the 3-inch pipe. Then, use a 90-degree turn to get the pipe upwards to the location where you plan to install the toilet. At this point, you also have to install the toilet flange on the top of the surface of the floor. Now, your drain is ready, and you can install a toilet.

6. Connect the Tub Plumbing and Shower

Finally, all that remains to be done is to run the final length of the 3-inch pipe to the location of the drain for the tub and shower. Then, using a 90-degree turn, you have to direct it upwards again. The 3-inch pipe can be used to bring it to the floor level to serve as the drain.

Final Words on Bathroom Rough-ins

It’s quite easy to do the rough-in bathroom plumbing yourself if you follow these simple steps. True, a degree of handiwork is required, and you must know your way around some specialized tools.

As with all projects, it is best to start off with a plan and then work step by step until the installations are completed. Once the basic plumbing is done, you can go ahead with the installation of different appliances like toilets and bathtubs.

The rough-in plumbing essentially helps you figure out how the water will reach these installations and where the waste water will drain out from. While many might prefer handing off the task to professionals, we’ve seen that DIY ventures can be quite successful too.

That said, if you have any questions about rough-in bathroom plumbing, feel free to reach out to us.

Signs Of A Burst Supply Pipe

Are your walls wet and cold all of a sudden? Maybe your carpets are getting soaked for no reason at all?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then chances are you have a burst supply pipe in your house. This can happen due to several issues, such as expansion and contraction due to temperature changes, damaged pipes and even rust.

Burst Supply Line

Whatever the cause, it’s important that the leak is plugged as fast as possible. Even the smallest leak in a pipe can damage drywall, destroy flooring and lead to costly repairs. So, you must identify the early signs of a burst supply pipe.

Today, we’re going to help you do exactly that. The following is a list of the most critical signs of burst supply pipes that you need to keep an eye out for.

Let’s take a closer look.

How To Tell If A Supply Pipe Has Burst

1. Sudden Changes In The Water Pressure

This is one of the significant signs of a leak. Rapid and sudden reduction in the water pressure can be indicative of a leak somewhere in the supply lines. In case you notice your sink and toilet getting clogged up, this can also mean that there’s a burst supply pipe somewhere.

2. Dampness In The Walls

The piping in most modern households is of the concealed variety, which means that the supply pipes run behind the walls. When any of these concealed pipes burst, one of the first signs is visible dampness marks on the walls.

Such leaks are usually most visible in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Leaking pipes can damage floors, ceilings and also result in your carpeting getting wet for no apparent reason.

That’s why, in case you see any of the above signs of leakage, make sure to call in a professional immediately. Experts can help you determine the location and nature of the leak, and even the kind of repairs that are needed.

3. Puddles Under Sinks

Puddles that repeatedly form under sinks are a sure sign of leaks. You might also find dripping pipes and sinkholes near the leakage. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to call for expert help at once.

4. Dirty Water

Does the water in your house smell like rotten eggs, and have a brownish tinge? In that case, you can be sure that there’s rust in your pipes. Accumulated rust can dissolve in the water and cause smells and discolouration.

Smelly and brownish water is another precursor of leakage in pipes. Due to leaks, your plumbing system may not be able to carry sewerage from your home. This can lead to waste accumulating and dissolving in the water, leading to the growth of bacteria and harmful pollutants.

5. Unexplained Noises In The Pipes

Another sure sign of burst pipes in the house is strange noises whenever you’re using a faucet. For example, you may notice loud gurgling noises, low hissing sounds, and even rattling in the pipes.

These noises are a direct result of the water trying to force its way through the leakage, thereby exacerbating the problem. This problem is most noticeable in pipes with low diameters when they develop a leakage.

6. Visible Damage On Exposed Pipes

Even in houses with concealed piping, there are bound to be some exposed pipes, especially in the basement or under sinks. Such pipes can quickly accumulate condensation or can freeze over due to temperature drops. Pipes that are bulging unnaturally are usually on the verge of developing a leak and should be repaired at once.

7. Unnaturally High Water Bills

Finally, a leak in the pipes can directly cause a leak in your pocket. Damaged pipes and leaking water can lead to your water bills getting pushed up despite maintaining similar levels of water consumption.

Even when you’re not using water, leakages can cause the water meter to run at all times, thus leading to your bills getting inflated. So, in case you receive unnaturally high water bills despite regular consumption, then you can be sure there’s a leak somewhere in your house.

Final Words

Locating a leakage in a pipe is easy if you keep an eye out for the above signs. Once you do observe any of them, don’t delay and take steps to repair the damaged portion. Otherwise, you might just be looking at severe damage to your property.

In case you’re not confident about handling the leak yourself, don’t hesitate to call out to experts. These professionals can ensure that your pipes remain in top shape, and you don’t have to foot unfairly inflated water bills.

Remember, a stitch in time saves nine!

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