Do you have old galvanized plumbing under your kitchen sink that you think may need replacement? If so, it helps to know when to identify the need for plumbing replacement and how to do it. Here are some tips to help get ready for this home project.
If you have an old home with the original plumbing, chances are that you have pipes that need to be replaced. Galvanized plumbing was used in homes up until the 1950s and 1960s, when it was slowly phased out for copper. These older pipes corrode from the inside, which can lead to an unexpected pipe burst that will catch you off guard.
Sometimes new pipes can malfunction and show signs of damage. You may have rubber couplers located between joints that are starting to deteriorate and leak water. Hard water can leave deposits on the outside of pipes, indicating a slow leak. Slip nuts around pipes may have a problem getting tight, leaving the connection loose and leaking water.
You have some options for what kind of material can replace your kitchen plumbing. Many homeowners prefer to use PVC pipes, since they can handle the boiling water that can go down a kitchen drain and won't freeze and burst when it gets cold. This is often a problem since kitchen pipes for a sink are on an exterior wall beneath a window, which are inside a closed cabinet that doesn't get warm air.
Before replacing any plumbing under your sink, take some time to protect the cabinets made out of wood. Water getting in this area can be bad for the inside of your cabinets and lead to mold growth and rot. Place a bucket under the P-trap in order to catch water that comes out when you disconnect the pipes. You also want to place a tarp underneath the sink that will catch water later on, especially if you do something incorrectly and one of the joints starts to leak water everywhere.
If you do not feel confident that you can do this plumbing replacement job on your own, do not hesitate to call a plumber. This can help you avoid the potential problems that you'll run into, such as making pipe connections that are sure to fit the first time and not leak. A plumbing service will also ensure minimum downtime for your kitchen sink.