Installing New Fixtures or re-plumbing a house? Once, state-of-the-art in plumbing was cast-iron drains and brass supply pipes. Now, those materials have been replaced by PVC plastic, copper, and flexible cross-linked polyethylene, known as PEX. But whether the pipes are plastic, metal, or a combination of the two, it’s the plumber’s skill that determines how well the system works.
A lot is at stake: One leaky joint can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.
An undersize, improperly sloped drain will continually clog. And supply pipes that aren’t anchored every 6 feet or so will rattle and thump every time a faucet is turned off.
There’s more to proper plumbing than just following the codes and rules. Planning and installing a system that’s quiet, efficient, and leak free is something of an art. You’ll see it in the way a good plumber arranges pipes and valves for ease of maintenance, avoids wasting material or weakening framing, and takes care to wipe joints clean.