If you need to set up plumbing for your business or home, then you have quite a bit on your plate. To help you make heads or tails of plumbing, here are some questions that you should consider for your project:
Where do you need water?
This may seem like the most obvious question, but it is a little more nuanced than you might think. In many cases, your best option is to hire a plumber to help with the actual installation of the piping. However, you can save a fair bit of money by creating a specific plan prior to actually hiring the plumber.
You will need to divide up the building into sections that need tap water. Identify bathrooms, sinks, fire sprinklers, and any other water outlets and exactly where they should be placed. You’ll then need to plan exactly how the piping will reach each of these locations. Fortunately, your sinks, showers, and toilets will all draw on the same water source, so you probably don’t need to juggle multiple water sources.
Once you have a plan in place, you can ask a professional about implementing it and what changes you might need to make.
What kind of pipe do you need?
Now, you’ll need to figure out which material is best for your purposes. There are three primary options available to you: steel, plastic and copper.
Steel pipes are good choices when you need to transport a lot of water quickly. If you run a business and need a lot of water for industrial usage, then steel pipes will be durable enough to handle your problem. However, steel pipes are usually too big for usage in residential homes. Few houses need as much water as a steel pipe can provide, and it can be a hassle to deal with the rust that tends to accumulate on steel pipes.
Plastic pipes are extremely common nowadays due to their incredibly cheap price tag and decent durability. PVC is the most common type of plastic pipe and it can handle average residential water usage, which makes it perfectly suited to the plumbing in your home. Although plastic pipes might struggle with extremely high volumes of water or high water pressure, neither of those issues are likely to arise at your home.
Finally, there is copper piping, which has become much less popular over the years. Copper is generally too expensive to use in piping nowadays, especially with so many cheaper alternatives available. However, if you have some interest in creating a building that is reminiscent of early 20th century architecture, then copper piping is an excellent choice.
For more information, contact a company like Cool Air Mechanical, Inc.